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December 23, 2015
Personal Emergency Response Devices
This is a service, which I may have
missed in the past, but as I continue to age, I admit I am looking
more into these products – personal emergency products. Products
exist that are interesting and some that have been in existence for
years, but do little. Some cover decent distances and others only
short distances. Some have hidden fees, long contracts, and are
expensive. Others have the equipment and only have a monthly fee.
There are always some costs that aren't explained and these can turn
you off to the equipment.
I understand why people are drawn to
personal emergency devices, but many are not willing to wear it.
Many forget or don’t want to have something around their neck or on
their wrist. A personal emergency device also has to activate when
an emergency occurs, either by automatically detecting a fall or
problem, or because the user triggers it. Currently, most devices do
not have this ability and only work if you are within operating range
and the wearer pushes the button.
I am investigating only one device
currently, but I have a couple others to investigate is I become
serious. The equipment cost is $0.00 and the activation fee is
$0.00. Monthly monitoring costs $29.95 per month or cellular
monthly monitoring is $34.95 per month. This is from Medical Alert
and is the basic cost.
There no long term commitment required,
but – surprise - for liability purposes, they do require a
Monitoring Agreement to be signed. A non-refundable deposit is
required prior to a Medical Alert system being shipped. This deposit
is the equivalent of three months monitoring. At the end of those 3
months, the Medical Alert service can be canceled with no penalty
with 30 days notice (or you are required to have the service for 4
months). This is one of the more reasonable conditions.
I do not advise letting them have open
access to your credit cards or auto draws to a checking or savings
account. Unless a specific date was requested, credit card payments
are processed on the 1st of the month and checking and savings
account payments are processed on the 5th of the month. Invoices are
mailed the first week of the month.
The cost of the unit if it’s lost or
damaged is this schedule: The PERS replacement cost is $350. The
Mobile Alert replacement cost is $350. The Alert 911 replacement
cost is $150.
The company has a Better Business
Bureau rating of A+ as of 12/22/15 and has the Good Housekeeping seal
Some companies have long-term contracts
and others have high activation fees and you pay for the equipment
before it is shipped.
The one thing I have not found out is
how close you have to be to the station for you to have access for a
household monitor (PERS)(personal emergency response system). This
is a weakness of several of the companies. Also before you sign
anything, make sure you read the fine print, get all the facts, and
addresses if you need to break the contract. For a couple of
companies, you will pay dearly if you don't.
For research, type life alert or
medical alert in your search engine.