Panic alarms are devices which really benefit every person in need of help, including seniors of course. The emergency button allows them to call for help when they need it, and not to worry because help is on its way. It can also help seniors live their life more freely and perform activities by themselves, instead of having supervision.
Different products are available on the market, and you should choose a panic alarm which your loved one can easily use. I selected five emergency systems with different features, so you can find out which one fits best. Also, take a look at options and features these devices have, because some may be significant when choosing.
Home Panic Alarms for the Elderly
CallToU Wireless Caregiver Pager Smart Call System
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This is a simple alert system which functions perfectly around the house. You will get 2 SOS buttons and 2 receivers in the package, for better access when you put them at different places around the house. The system has a 500 feet range, which should be sufficient to cover most homes without a problem. It’s gets your attention easily – ringtone can be set up to 110dB loud and has 5 volume levels. There are also 55 different ringtones available, instead of just the annoying beep.
The call button is light, and your loved one can put it in the pocket or wear it around their neck. It is IP55 certified water resistant, so it can be taken everywhere. You will get a double-side tape to stick it permanently someplace, in the bathroom for example. Battery life is good, and it uses 12V 23A alkaline batteries which are included.
Users are happy with the way it works, and say that the signal goes through very well. The pendant is light and doesn’t get in the way. One thing that could be better is the ringing which cannot be instantly stopped when it starts. But it’s really a minor thing, and you’re getting an excellent panic alarm for elderly for more than a decent price.
PEAKPLUS Personal Alarms for Elderly
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The PeakPlus alarm is a basic panic alarm which creates a very loud, 130dB sound when activated. It comes with a ring to attach it to your keys and always have it with you. It’s great for drawing attention, both outside and inside. The siren can be heard in a large radius.
The alarm uses LR44 batteries to operate. However, if the battery fails, there is a manual whistle included in the design, so you can blow it to get help. You will get two panic alarm key chains in this package, so you can have one yourself after giving one to your elderly parent.
People like this small alarm, and there are many satisfied customers. It’s straightforward and easy to use. But in case you dislike it, the manufacturer gives you a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Assistive Technology Systems Medical Alert System for Home
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This is an excellent alert system which allows more freedom. It’s connected to a landline phone and it can call up to 5 different numbers, including 911. In the package you get a base and a pendant which has a panic alarm button on it. The case then calls the programmed numbers in order, and you can directly communicate your message because the pendant functions as a wireless phone.
You have a 600ft range, and you can wear it anywhere you go because it’s waterproof. It’s also been tested to be pacemaker safe, which is important to some people. This price you see is final for this product, meaning there are no hidden subscriptions and monthly fees.
Customers are happy with this, since it’s easy to operate and to put in numbers. If your loved one doesn’t have a home phone, you can also use this emergency alarm system with a cellphone signal, but you would need to buy an additional adapter. Overall, it’s an excellent product to notify when something happens even if you are far away from your parent at the moment.
321 Alert Medical Alert Systems for Seniors
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The Life Link system is interesting because you get two options to choose from. With the receiver you will get two transmitters – a pendant and a wrist button so you can use whichever you like (or both). It’s fairly easy to set up, you just plug it into your landline. It’s very affordable, and there are no hidden extras.
You can have 3 emergency contacts programed. The system allows you to record your own help message which will be heard by the contact. This whole process is activated when you press the panic alarm button. The system calls the first number on the list, and they hear your message.
They can choose to accept the call or decline. If they decline, the system calls the second person, then third, returning to the first until someone answers. When someone picks up there is a two-way communication. However, talking is done through the base and not the pendant which can be a downside if the person calling is farther away from the base. You can only hear through the button, not speak.
There is some solid feedback for this product. It’s simple to use, and has easy to understand functions. The system works very well. However, people have noticed that they can’t always hear what the person in need is saying, so they sometimes need to go and see. All in all, great value for money.
What is a Panic Alarm and How Does It Work?
A panic alarm is a device that sends a distress signal. The purpose is to notify someone that you need help. If you have an emergency alarm system, it can sound when the button is pressed, functioning as a pager of some sort. It eliminates the need for shouting and possibility of not being heard.
More sophisticated products have a base which is connected to a landline. They are able to place a call to you or emergency services when something happens, so they work great even if you’re not in the same house as the user. Finally, some use wi-fi or cellphone signal so you don’t need particularly special setup – it’s works out of the box.
Types of Panic Alarms
Several types of alarms are available, and it depends on your situation which one is going to fit you best.
Basic Button Styles
A basic panic alarm is a simple button device which emits very loud noise when activated, over 100dB. This makes it easy to draw attention to yourself in any situation. It can be used by elderly in the house to call out to family members or neighbors, or it can be used when feeling unsafe outside.
Pendants Worn Around the Neck
Other options include a very popular pendant which is worn around your neck. It usually has a button which sounds the alarm on the base or places a call to you. They generally have a nice range, with some having the option to listen or talk through them.
Watches Worn on the Wrist
Panic alarms can also be found in forms of wrist watches. They can also connect to the mentioned base, or connect through wireless or cellular networks to other services and send notifications to your mobile phone.
Emergency Alarms: Features to Consider
Certain things can make a product significantly better. You don’t need to spend money on the most expensive product, but it’s a good idea to invest in a reliable device. This way it can function properly when the need arises, and also save you some money in the long run.
Ease of use
It certainly helps if the device you chose it’s easy to use. It’s best when it’s plug and play, but even if it needs some installation it shouldn’t be difficult. Many bases are simply connected to your landline and that’s it. Also, the panic button should be straightforward and simple for the senior to use.
The battery in the pendant or wristwatch is something that needs attention. Most are not rechargeable, but you need to look at the lifespan. The battery needs to have juice in order to send the signal, so it’s not a good thing when the battery drains quickly. You should take a look at this when buying any product of this kind, not just from our list. Communicator base is usually connected to a power outlet, so you have nothing to worry about there.
More sophisticated panic alarms allow contacts to be added. The system will call these people through the telephone line when the signal is sent. Best seniors panic alarms allow several contacts, including emergency services. Also, some devices are easier to handle when it comes to this, so pay attention that it’s user friendly and allows you to quickly add numbers for help.
There are three types when it comes to this. You can have a regular panic button which will sound the alarm by itself or through the base, but offers no communication whatsoever. This requires the caregiver to come to the senior in need and check up on them to see what’s wrong.
Another option is an alarm which allows the wearer to hear the person talking to them, but they cannot talk through the button, they need to talk through the base. Finally, some products allow you two-way communication, where you can both hear through the pendant and talk to it. This is a great solution to quickly explain what’s wrong.
Many products have accelerometer built in, which can detect if a person has fallen down and alarm you. Your loved one might not be able to press the button immediately, or press it at all. This way you can know something happened without any action on their side, and come to help faster.
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This is a feature which can be very important, especially in larger spaces. Some alarms can be pretty far away from the base and still get the signal through, while others will be stopped by walls in between or simply by the large distance. Take a look at distance the product can cover to see if it’s going to be good for your home.
Equipment and Extras
Some alarms and communicators come with additional equipment which makes using them easier. A few products come in pairs which help you set a few panic buttons and bases around the house, and to have better coverage. Products like the Life Link System we talked about will include both pendant and wrist watch. Manufacturers often supply a set of batteries for your panic alarm. Also, some products like the CallToU pager have double sided tape in the package so you can stick the button to a wall.
Finally, this is a feature many people find extremely useful. This allows the panic button to be taken to the shower for example. This is a place many elderly people need help, especially for getting out of the bathtub. It also makes the device resistant to food spilling, which can also be common. This way you get a more versatile and durable solution.
Everyone can benefit from panic alarms. They offer seniors more independence and privacy because they don’t need to be constantly monitored remotely. If they need you, you’re just a push of a button away.
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