Staying Safe in Paradise: Medical Alert Options in Hawai‘i

With pleasant weather and sunshine nearly every day of the year, paradise offers a safe and pristine backdrop for our golden years. But seniors who want to maintain their independence may desire or even require another layer of security.

Medical alert devices and services systems designed to connect people in need with emergency help are particularly useful for seniors or individuals living alone who may be at risk of falling or experiencing a medical emergency. Typically, a medical alert system consists of a wearable button and a base station. Pressing the button triggers a call to a monitoring center, where a trained professional can assess the situation and send help if needed. Some systems also include features like fall detection and medication reminders.

Finding the Right Fit

Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) come in two main types: traditional and mobile.

Traditional PERS devices are connected to a landline through a base
unit and include a wearable pendant. If the user pushes the button on the pendant, even if they are far from the base unit, help will be called. A traditional PERS is ideal for homebound users.

Mobile PERS device works like a cell phone, so it can be worn and be effective anywhere within cell service range. A mobile PERS device allows users to talk directly to an operator through the device itself. A mobile PERS is better for those who are active outside the home.

So to find the right fit, consider your needs. Do you need fall detection or mobile coverage? Research companies to look at features available, pricing and customer reviews. Also, consider availability. Confirm the coverage in your area. Most major providers cover all of Hawai‘i.

What’s Available?

SENIOR SAFETY MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEMS has been providing senior medical alert systems for 25 years. They offer 24/7 monitoring with quick response times. Their team of EMD-certified operators provides multiple layers of monitoring to give seniors peace of mind.

Home Alert System: Options include systems that operate with or without a landline. The medical alert system that operates with a landline has a range of up to 1,000 feet inside and outside your house. The system can work with your existing landline phone service and has special features like “Family Check-In” to help keep you connected with loved ones.

For those without a landline, they offer a medical alert system that operates on 4G LTE technology that plugs into a standard electrical outlet for a quick and simple setup. Prices can range from $19 to 29 per month and are also available with automatic fall detection for an added $10 per month.

Mobile Medical Alerts Systems: These wearable options, available as buttons or smartwatches, provide protection wherever you go. The smartwatch includes added features — a heart rate monitor, step counter and even the weather report. It’s also available with automatic fall detection for added security. Both operate on 4G LTE technology and do not require Wi-Fi. Prices range from $30 to 34 per month or a one-time payment ranging from $75 to $100 per device. Both are available with automatic fall detection for an added $10 per month.

A call to the company revealed that purchasing and setup are simple, even without internet access. Choose a device, share credit card information and the device is mailed. Staff will walk you through the setup process over the phone.

HAWAII MEDICAL ALERT AND MEDICAL ALARM BY PRIME is a service available to residents across the state. While some companies charge extra for shipping to Hawai‘i and may have higher service fees, Prime offers free 2- to 3-day priority shipping and a free lockbox with your purchase. Their medical alert bracelets and necklaces provide peace of mind to seniors, including those with a fear falling.

Home Medical Alert Devices: Both Linear PERS-2400 and LogicMark Life Sentry are medical alert systems designed to provide security and independence for seniors at home. They require minimal maintenance with batteries that last 3 to 5 years, have a wide range of movement within the house without signal limitations, and have 24/7 emergency monitoring with customizable contact and response protocols. However, they differ in communication and pendant functionality. While Linear PERS-2400 relies on a base unit connected to a landline for communication and comes with a waterproof pendant that can be worn during showers, LogicMark Life Sentry allows two-way voice communication directly through the pendant itself, eliminating the need for a landline and offering more flexibility within the home. The pendant also has a built-in speaker, enabling direct conversation with emergency personnel. Prices can range from $15 to 30 per month with no additional fees or obligations.

Fall Detection Systems: Both NextAlert II and Climax Medical Series are medical alert systems with fall detection and offer 24/7 emergency monitoring by certified EMTs, allowing users to customize their response protocols. However, NextAlert II is a cellular system that uses GPS to allow emergency dispatch without communication, whereas Climax Medical Series can be connected through a landline or cellular connection and does not have GPS. Prices can range from $30 to 40 per month with no additional fees or obligations.

A phone call to Prime Medical Alert was also answered by a affable staff person. This company skips the credit card information and instead, will send you a bill or accept a checking account transfer. They will also walk you through setup over the phone, step by step.

Both companies mailed descriptive, detailed brochures within the week.

With Hawai‘i’s rapidly growing senior citizen population, medical alert devices and services can provide peace of mind for both residents and their loved ones.

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