Medical Alert Monitoring Background
In the beginning,1st generation medical alert monitoring came along soon after voice phone service. Emergency signals went directly to fire station EMS squads via direct wire lines.
2nd generation technology gradually evolved and matured in the 1980’s and 90’s, as shown above. A miniature personal help-button is pressed, which transmits a radio alarm signal to an in-home communicator console. The console relays the alarm signal on to a central station via the dial phone network, and then becomes an intercom to enable 2-way voice communication between the home and the central station.
Today’s 3rd generation systems work the same way. Consoles are smaller and lighter, and employ state-of-the-art digital circuitry. Help-buttons have longer ranges, and their batteries last longer. But the biggest improvements are functional:
- Consoles can be stand-alone cellular, a direct phone line is not required.
- Fail-safe activity monitoring calls for help when a button can’t be pressed.
3rd Generation Help-Buttons
It’s easier to remember to wear a help-button if it looks good. Our standard wristband is basic black, but a number of fashionable designer bands are optionally available. A number of pendant necklace options are also available.
Help-buttons are waterproof (not just water-resistant) and can be worn in tub or shower. Open-space range is at least 650 feet, battery life is 10 years.
3rd Generation Communicator Consoles
The biggest 3rd-Generation benefit – standalone cellular, no phone, no problem! Medical alert monitoring no longer requires an active phone line in the home. That’s a big benefit for persons who’ve replaced active phone lines with cellular phones. Our new cellular consoles directly communicate with our Monitoring Center free of charge, there are no communications costs of any kind!
Communicator consoles are also available for use with active phone lines. The two designs are almost identical in appearance, and blend well with any room décor. They both have 24-hour battery backup to maintain operation during power outages. His/hers help-buttons and smoke detectors are optional. Low console battery, low help button battery, and absence of help-button is silently reported to the Monitoring Center.
3rd Generation Activity Monitoring
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Sometimes a help-button isn’t enough. A number of in-home emergencies cause inability to press a help button, including stroke, heart attack, diabetic coma, and loss of consciousness from other causes.
Then too, a help-button can summon aid only if it’s being worn. In addition to increasing forgetfulness, there’s often denial in aging; “I’m really not old enough to need a help-button!” It’s a common mantra, and help buttons are often left on counter tops, on bedposts, etc…. out of reach when needed.
Our TeleTracker™ calls for help when a button can’t be pressed. Its built-in motion detector silently and invisibly monitors in-home body movement, and transmits a radio alarm to the in-home communicator console if no activity is detected during a preset time interval, easily adjustable over a range of 1 to 24 hours. An On/Off switch turns off activity monitoring when you’re not at home. When the switch is “Off”, a loud alarm sounds each time movement is sensed… you can’t forget to turn it back on.