Frost & Sullivan has found that the PERS market earned revenue of US$963.9 million in 2010, an
increase of 15.2% compared to 2009. It is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR)
of 10.4% from 2010 to 2017, reaching $1.86 billion in sales by 2017.
The PERS market got a Philips auto alert boost. In January, Philips launched Lifeline with Auto Alert for
automatic fall-detecting PERS devices, likely at the expense of its own Lifeline device sales. By creating
market awareness (yuk, that home page is still bleak, bleak, bleak!) about passive fall detection and
notification, Philips offered help for competitors Wellcore, Halo Monitoring and others with fall
detection capability. Meanwhile, mobile PERS with GPS location identification continued its move (pun
intended) forward and outside the home — striving to appeal to a younger and more out-and-about
PREDICTION: In 2008, PERS market growth was predicted to be flat — Parks Associates asserted a $600
million flat line, supplanted by a corresponding growth in passive remote monitoring. Not so, it turns
out. Today PERS is approximately a $1 billion market — and while there are a number of new remote
monitoring entrants, passive remote monitoring is still below the adoption radar. What’s next? I am
waiting (and may have to wait well past 2011) for elder-focused applications and trained carrier call
centers that leverage the built-in accelerometers, GPS trackability, and (ha, ha!) ease of use of cell and
smart phones. In the meantime, PERS sales will grow, not as fast, but steadily as the population ages
into frailty — remembering that 85+ is the fastest growing segment, that PERS contracts typically last
only for two years.
Q. Am I purchasing these devices, or leasing them, or neither, and what is the total yearly cost
A. myHalo is leased by our customers for a small monthly fee of $49 for myHalo Clip and $59 for myHalo
Complete. There is no long-term contract required. You pay month-to-month and can terminate service
at any time. What happens if you no longer require the equipment? If the equipment is no longer
needed, call Halo to terminate your subscription agreement. You will be responsible for returning the
equipment in its original box to Halo Monitoring within 10 days of termination.
Deposit, shipping and monthly fees :
myHalo Clip for one year will cost approximately $703. This includes $99 deposit, $16 shipping, and 12
months of service at $49 each month.
myHalo Clip Complete for one year will cost approximately $823. This includes $99 deposit, $16
shipping, and 12 months of service at $59 each month.
Q. What is the range of myHalo?
A. 300ft. line of sight and the system usually covers a 3000 square ft. home depending on the
construction and lay out of the house. The myHalo Gateway can often be placed in a central location in
the home to offer the best range coverage within the home and still allow coverage to the user’s
mailbox or driveway
AtGuardianAngel, a Texas firm focused on the Aging in Place market, designed its My Guardian fall
detection service to evolve with the changing needs of seniors and their families. According to Ed
Caracappa, founder and CEO, the core fall detection technology is embedded in a lightweight wristwatch
that seniors can wear round the clock. The My Guardian watch includes integrated accelerometers and
a location-sensitive WiFi (News - Alert) connection that activates automatically to alert designated
respondents and family members when it detects a fall. It uses FDA Cleared technology developed
by AFrame Digital Inc. The watch also has an emergency alert button that the wearer can push to
summon help whenever needed. The basic system costs around $1,000 and comes with all required
components for fall detection. The monthly subscription and service cost is $79.95.
Within 10 years, PERS will integrate with cell phones. Until then, older people (many of whom don't
leave the house alone) wont bother with cell phones because they are too small and fiddly, they need to
be recharged and they aren't marketed at anyone over 50. So PERS will develop into smart telecare
systems that will call for help without anyone pressing the button, because sensors will have detected a
problem and will be telling the monitoring centre exactly what's needed. The response will therefore be
a plumber for the leak and flood, the police for a break-in, and a special lifting service for someone
who's had a fall. Come across to the UK and see how this is already working in the homes of over
100,000 older vulnerable people. The secret is assessment - making sure that people get the system that
they need, and ensuring that there is a local or regional service provider who can organise the service,
including the response, as efficiently as possible.
The cell phone companies claim that the UK market is saturated, and that this means that everyone
already has a cell phone. Fewer than 10% of people aged over 85 has a cell phone, but they all have a
landline and can therefore make use of PERS.
PERS or Cell?
Submitted by Rob Howlett (not verified) on Sun, 06/28/2009 - 13:20.
Is cell a better option for personal emergency assistance? No and yes. Most people who benefit from
using a personal emergency response product at home tend to be older seniors at risk or perhaps
younger people with mobility problems who if they fall, need immediate assistance. Both types of users
tend to spend most of their days in and around the home and more often than not, alone. PERS
company's (I used to work for one) tend to not encourage a higher risk user to venture to far from the
house as they may be difficult to find in the event of an emergency (out in a field, forest, down the road
etc). The important consideration is the performance of the RF pendant to communicate with the base
station in the home and the quality of the call center to manage and dispatch emergency resources.
When a PERS system is activated, the call goes to one number, an emergency call center operator who
manages the call and dispatches resources if required. Philips Lifeline is the market leader in both
technology and call center services.
Cell phones are great for those who are more mobile in and around the community and less medically at
risk. Having the ability to track the signal via GPS is paramount as a dazed and confused individual will
have difficulty explaining their location. Also, the user of the cell phone should pre-program the
emergency phone number where the call will be answered, (like a professional monitoring company)
otherwise they will be calling friend's and family who may not be available to take the call and who may
not know what to do in the event of an emergency.
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Security companies who sell a button as an add-on to their existing monitoring system are taking
advantage of the senior. They provide a button (not unlike providing an additional sensor) and then
charge the senior an additional $20-40 per month for the option of "medical monitoring". The dirty little
secret is that the very same response center which takes their security alarms will now take the
additional button press. There is no additional cost to the central station. Hardly worth the additional
fees. I say, the seniors are being taken advantage of. Bad business, I say. Moreover they are selling a
gadget that has limited effectiveness.
Purchasing, Renting, or Leasing a PERS
A PERS can be purchased, rented, or leased. Neither Medicare nor Medicaid, in most states, will pay for
the purchase of equipment, nor will most insurance companies. The few insurance companies that do
pay require a doctor's recommendation. Some hospitals and social service agencies may subsidize fees
for low-income users. Purchase prices for a PERS normally range from $200 to more than $1,500.
However, some consumers have reported paying $4,000 to $5,000 for a PERS. You also will have to pay
an installation fee and a monthly monitoring charge which may cost from $10 to $30.
Rentals are widely available through national manufacturers, local distributors, hospitals, and social
service agencies. Monthly fees may range from $15 to $50 and include the monitoring service. Look for
a service that allows for a month-to-month contract in case you are dissatisfied with, or you no longer
require, the service.
Hearing loss accompanies aging. Clarity, a unit of Plantronics, is a long-time supplier of amplified
telephones, assistive listening devices, and other technologies for hard-of-hearing and hearing impared.
The firm has patented technology for digital signal processing that reduces noise and cleans up the
sound. This phone, however, is aimed at the overall senior market. It's an 'unlocked' phone, meaning
you can use it with any GSM network like AT&T or T-Mobile. The offers 20-decibel amplification for
seniors with hearing loss. It can be programmed remotely -- and can link to a call center or have
caregiver phone numbers programmed to receive the first calls.Says Jamie: "60-75% of seniors have cell
phones -- and we wanted to help provide security and peace of mind when they are out and about. But
most cell phones don't have a sound quality that would help folks with any hearing loss. Many don't
wear hearing aides, in fact hearing aide penetration is only 18%, which, frankly, is largely an issue of
cost." A few notes on that -- In fact, 30-40% of people over the age of 65 are hearing-impaired, 50%
aged 75 and older, 80% those over 85. So chances are, the amplification in this phone could be useful to
baby boomers but it could have extremely high benefit to their parents.
Those baby boomers talk a good game, but... A brief and somewhat depressing digression: To educate
itself and its customers about seniors and the aging in place market, in 2007 Clarity cosponsored a study
on senior and boomer attitudes about aging in place. Aside from a not-surprising finding that seniors
fear nursing homes more than death, one other finding caught my attention -- 51% of baby boomers
think there are technology products available aimed at meeting the needs of seniors. Only 14% have
actually looked for any.
PERS utilitization is poor -- but cell phones are another story. For all of the seniors out there that wear a
PERS device (fewer than 25% of those who might need them), reluctance to put it on or press the button
(fear of bothering someone) is often cited as a barrier. Furthermore,they only work when the senior is at
home. But with a growing percentage carrying cell phones, one that doubles as a PERS device and
amplifies the sound for those with hearing loss -- that seems like a winning combination.
Visonic's AmberX -- adds voice (and more) to PERS
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 12/09/2008 - 14:32
home and remote monitoring
Is the PERS device -- press a button around your neck and a service is dialed -- eventually headed for
obsolescence? Parks Associates has predicted a basically flat growth path for PERS devices through
2013. Maybe that's so if security companies -- not healthcare companies -- set the replacement and
extensible path. Here's another established and financially healthy security company, Visonic, that's
been around for a long time -- now in the "PERS-and-beyond" market, aka the home monitoring market,
with its Amber line.
It's own self-description is a mouthful: "AMBER Independence & Safety Support Solution enables
community-based programs, retirement communities and nursing facilities, as well as friends and family,
to provide seniors with comprehensive 24/7 remote support, enhanced safety and timely emergency
response." Okay. But in a chat with Visonic President, Bill Lyon, I think there is more to this than meets
the description. Maybe it's buried in the word "enhanced." And this company has a vision for the post-
PERS technology-enabled world that we will all need to age in place, not just get help in an emergency.
As I have noted in a previous post, monitoring the house is an initial starting point for monitoring the
safety and well-being of individuals within the house. For baby boomers with healthy and active parents,
or for healthy seniors themselves, that means considering a product that is part of an extensible
platform -- capable of subsequent plug-ins to health-care devices for checking vital signs and more.
Visonic's AmberX offering is part of this extensible product line -- the company is in the security business
-- with many established product offerings include carbon monoxide, smoke, flood, cameras, home
controls, and and various door and window intrusion protection.
Its AmberX product has been on the market since April, and includes carbon monoxide, smoke, flood
alerts, medication reminders, and a PERS. A person wearing the PERS pendant, by pressing the button,
can answer an incoming call (multiple languages are supported), speak a message that use speed dials of
up to 3 numbers. If part of a service or offered in an assisted living facility, the recipient of the message
can adjust the voice volume to get the sound up if the dog is barking or the TV is on.
The device is listed through distributors, under its own company names in online ones
like AlarmSystemStore for a direct purchase price of $239.95 -- or under various product names
available through security services like one in Florida, Devcon Security, orResponseLink. So maybe you
don't know that you've got a product from Visonic -- I think it's worth it to inquire.
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VRI ships the unit direct to the customer with easy to use installation instruction. In addition, we will
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Gil Baldwin, Chief Executive Officer of Tunstall commented “AMAC will make a great addition to the
Tunstall Group. We share the same vision and complement each other in a number of areas. AMAC will
support our ambitious growth plans in the United States. As one of the largest providers of PERS in the
US with 75,000 subscribers nationwide and a strong reach within hospital systems, home healthcare,
government agencies and senior living facilities, I believe there will be far reaching benefits for all of our
customers, partners and employees of the Group.”
Read it and weep -- the conundrum of home health tech. The large (130 pages) Healthy@Home 2.0
report written by Linda Barrett released on Friday by AARP shows several dimensions of market self-
delusion, not the least of which is the perspective of the 940 seniors age 65+. Although they have no
doubt seen the world around them go from the happy-go-lucky period of the 2007 survey to a not-so-
great world in 2010, what they want is for things to 'stay the same', relying on "a lot of luck", a "good
attitude" and "hope". Amazingly, most say they do not need to make any changes to their home within
the next 5 years. They're mostly in good shape -- but 27% of them have limits on physical activities, 32%
have low vision or hearing impairment, and nearly 1 out of 5 reported their health as fair or poor.
Meanwhile fewer than 20% are using any home safety technologies, including an alarm system (!); and
fewer than 10% use any personal health and wellness technologies mentioned in the survey. These
include medication dispensing (described to responders as an electronic pill box), medication
management (communicates information to a provider), or a home-based transmitting self-care device
for blood pressure readings or diabetes results.
Will they spend money to preserve independence? Not so much. Mostly married ("if they had their
spouse, everything would be okay"), white homeowners by the stats, mostly planning to stay in their
homes, while 92% said they would be willing to pay for services to help them stay in their homes, 95%
are unwilling to pay more than $50/month for home safety technologies -- like an alarm on the door, or
'personal health and wellness devices' like a PERS device. So PERS market pricing today at under
$50/month is confirmed here, although only 9% admitted to having a PERS device -- which makes sense
given the distribution of responder ages. Compared to 2007, those surveyed are now more aware of
medication dispensing and medication management, and now that they are aware, who knew,
willingness to use has declined. I suppose that makes sense for a market that was more mythical in
2007 -- now that seniors are more aware, they (see above) don't think these devices are for them
personally -- of course not, they're not 'old'. So get this -- if only their doctor or nurse were willing, 25%
now are open to the idea of having have a video consultation which they now imagine is feasible.
Feasible yes, likely no.
"The Philips Lifeline Cordless Phone Communicator demonstrates the value of learning about the needs
of elders, and incorporating these insights into solutions that provide sense and simplicity," notes Rob
Goudswaard, vice president, Product and Service Innovation, for Philips Lifeline. "People don't want
technology for technology's sake--they want simple solutions designed around their needs. This is
especially true of the elders we serve."
BD: And to that point Qualcomm in the past year re-launched the LifeComm brand as a PERS service.
DJ: We did. We did it with Hughes Telematics. So we’re essentially building personal emergency
response on top of automotive emergency response services. A lot of the backend infrastructure is the
same. We happen to believe that personal emergency response is actually a core function that can fit
behind any number of medical devices. It’s particularly a telco function. It allows you to add value in a
way that you might not have otherwise imagined. For example, you might have a monitoring solution
that is monitoring someone’s electrocardiograms and you may be struggling with how to add value to
this and actually charge the healthcare system or get a consumer to pay. You may be struggling with a
value proposition with a few dollars, a few pounds, a few euros. If you add PERS as another feature of
the monitoring device, then you may have created a solution that may now have $20, $30 or $40 of
value for the end consumer. That’s because of the existing industry—the PERS industry—has already set
a value proposition. So we’re a big believer that you can combine services to create values and
sometimes pay for them in that regard. An implant monitor that’s monitoring a pacemaker or a
defibrillator could easily be justified by adding a PERS as an addition component. All of the sudden, the
manufacturer, instead of having to worry about how to pay for — say $20 worth of connectivity per
month — now has the opportunity to actually provide a service on top of the monitoring component,
which has real value to the consumer. They may actually be able to ask the consumer to pay for part of
Last week tech company Adiant Solutions released a new GPS safety and tracking bracelet that offers
real-time tracking for people with autism, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or other cognitive disorder
who tend to wander off or run away.
The new bracelet, dubbed S-911, "offers true real-time tracking with accuracy up-to-the-second and
within several feet 24/7/365," according to an April 26 release. Caregivers or parents receive a text,
email, and call within seconds after the wearer leaves a designated area. The wearers are also called,
and if they don't answer, two-way communication automatically picks up. The device also features a fall
detector, a speed sensor, and a panic button.
"This product is something families should strongly consider if they are a caregiver of a child with autism
or a person with another cognitive disorder that has a tendency to wander or run," said Candace
McDonald, executive director of Jenny McCarthy's autism foundation Generation Rescue in a release.
"In our community wandering is a tremendous issue."
Digital health news website Mobihealthnews cited that in March at the CTIA Wireless 2011 event in
Orlando, Florida, the American Alzheimer's Association announced a revised version of a smartphone
app and service plan called Comfort Zone Check-In that tracks Alzheimer's patients who wander off.
Mobihealthnews also notes other competitors on the market: LifeComm's smartphone personal
emergency response app, GreatCall's mPERS service, and WellCORE's fall detection device.
Learn more about the S-911 bracelet: http://www.adiant-solutions.com
About Advanced Alert Medical Alert Systems
Advanced Alert was founded to address one specific need, to make our loved ones feel safe and secure.
We provide peace of mind and security at an affordable price. Our goal is to provide your familiy with
the comfort of knowing that your loved ones have "around the clock" monitoring at their fingertips.
Advanced Alert was founded when owner, Ron Finelli, discovered the immediate need in his own family
for emergency response monitoring. His mother, who at 80 years young, wanted to feel a little more
secure, but still remain in her own home. In order to provide peace of mind in the family and to enable
her to keep her independence, he installed a GE Caregard unit in her home and Advanced Alert was
created. Ron's mom kept her abilitiy to remain independent and feel safe on her own, and the family
enjoyed the comfort of knowing that in an emergency, professional help and family can be summoned
Advanced Alert is staffed by professionals who are devoted to providing the utmost in service, care, and
understanding. We offer brand name products, by leading emergency response system manufacturers,
at affordable prices.
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Take one tablet and it will call me in the morning.
Independa leverages wireless broadband to keep caregivers informed.
When it comes to elder care, out of sight is not out of mind. In fact, that’s precisely when family, friends,
and other caregivers worry the most.
Did Mom remember to call her doctor?
Did she take her pills?
Did she even get out of bed today?
That’s the name of a new 3G-enabled tablet from Independa, which is planned for commercial release in
2011. The touchscreen device is a kind of communication hub, reminding users of everything from
appointments and birthdays to their medication schedule.
Just as important, it lets family, friends and other caregivers remotely check in via an online dashboard.
“Angela will save the caregiver a lot of money, anguish and sleepless nights,” said Independa CEO Kian
Saneii. “It’s as if we’re putting the caregiver right there in the room, so you can remotely see how your
loved one is doing. And ‘remote’ can be while you’re at work, three continents away and everywhere in
Angela also provides one-touch access to email, Facebook, video calls, and other services. Games are
included as well—and not just for entertainment purposes.
“We check scores and see how often games are played and make sure nothing is suddenly trending in
the wrong direction,” Saneii said.
It can provide a central hub for data captured by third-party health, activity, and environmental sensors.
Caregivers can set alert thresholds so they will be automatically notified if, for example, the
temperature in the home drops too low or their loved one hasn’t gotten out of bed. Body weight, blood
pressure, glucose levels—it can all be monitored online.
“Over time, that data is golden,” Saneii said.
Yet one of the greatest benefits may be to simply keep people connected with their friends and family.
“True health in our demographic isn’t just medical and safety,” he said. “It’s also about connectivity and
Targeting The PERS Market
SentryNet has always been dedicated to finding new ways to make it easier for our dealers to sell, set up
and install new programs for generating RMR. A recent meeting with Brian Vance of Linear produced
some great marketing points that can help your company diversify and thrive in today’s tough market:
Retirement/ Assisted Living Centers: Meet with General Manager and Staff. Present our product as an
all-purpose Emergency System. Explain the use of smoke detectors and non-activity devices (motion
detectors, door contacts.) Also present this as a Profit-Center for the facility. Money can be earned
from the monitoring. Generate some of the monitoring profits to the Assisted Care Center/Retirement
Center. They may already have a system in place, but are willing to update it. You will be surprised by
how many don’t have a system.
Day Care Centers: Sell it to them as a safety device. 16 channel (16 user) panic button device. They will
also see a great benefit in the smoke detectors and the fire protection it can offer. Sell it as an
emergency button for each day care worker to carry with them in case something happens to a child.
Cottages, summer homes, vacations homes, etc: Excellent for temporary living quarters. Provides basic
fire protection and personal emergency protection. Many security panels can also provide this as well
as burglary protection.
Private Pay customers: Any individual or family can benefit from a PERS System. Many alarm dealers
sell it as an add-on to their existing alarm system. Simply sending a mailer to your existing account base
or making phone calls to your account base will generate leads. Send a letter to all of your alarm
customers introducing these products. You will get referrals, it’s been done many times before. One
good idea is to stuff a flyer or brochure in every bill sent out each month for 3 months!
State Government Business: Many states offer financial assistance to people on state disability, etc.
Usually the DHS (Department of Human or Health Services) offers such programs. Contact the
appropriate state agency and find out what requirements must be met to be an approved vendor.
Generally the state will contribute a percentage of the monitoring costs, for your customer.
Insurance Companies: Call on Long Term Care Insurance companies. You will have to meet with several
people in each company, such as the Vice President, the Health Counselors, Case Workers, etc. This
works well, but it’s a long term process. Sell them on using you exclusively. The key here is to sell them
on saving money, because fewer claims will be paid and their customers will have a better link with
Medical help, should they need it. In the long run, it saves them money. It also gives them a
“competitive edge” over their competition, by offering this benefit!
Home Health Care Companies: Work in connection with any provider of in-home nursing or health care.
This is big business! $Billions of dollars each year spent on this area alone! Get to know the nurses and
the managers of the company. They will refer you business! These companies provide in home nursing,
IV and physical therapy, etc.
The PERS market remains a booming source of potential revenue that may be overlooked by many
alarm companies. Call Kurt Erdman 800-932-3304 at SentryNet to find out more.
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Key questions to ask:
1. What's the average response time from the moment the button is pushed until a voice comes on the line?
Most companies track response times, usually measured in seconds, and make this information readily available. If a
company hedges about this or doesn't have the data, look elsewhere.
2. Is there a setup or activation fee?
Some companies charge extra to activate the service or to send a technician to your parent's house to set it up. Because
your parent may want a personal setup, it's good to know in advance what this might cost.
3. What customer support is available?
What are the company's customer support hours if your parent needs help with his system or if the equipment
4. How is the response center staff trained?
There's no government-regulated PERS staff training or certification requirements, so companies train their staff in a
variety of ways. Don't be afraid to press for details.
5. Is the transmitter (help button) battery life monitored?
What happens when the battery is low? Many companies use technology that remotely tracks battery life. When the
battery is low, the company will then automatically ship your parent a new battery or transmitter, sometimes even free of
charge. Some companies, however, require the battery to be monitored manually, in the home.
6. What kind of transmitter comes with the system?
Transmitter design varies from an individual pendant, wristband, or tie clip to interchangeable systems that let you switch
from one mode to the other.
7. Is there a free or money-back testing period for trying out the system?
It's always a good idea to give your parent a chance to try a system out. If it's not working out, for whatever reason, do you
get a refund? If not, how much will you be charged for the test run?
8. Can you get out of a contract if your parent dies or moves out of the service area?
Consider what your financial liability will be if you or your parent signs a long-term PERS contract and your parent passes
away or moves to a nursing home.
9. Are there additional costs?
Does the pricing plan remain constant or does it change over time? Some pricing plans are complex and can involve tiers,
which means your parent will pay less if she commits to the service for a longer period of time. This may be an advantage,
but it can be confusing. Ask for prices in writing (e-mail is fine).
10. Ask for the deal of the day or week or month.
As in many competitive industries, PERS companies offer specials and deals. It never hurts to ask.
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Ultra-modern and streamlined design fits any décor
Programmable inactivity monitoring and fall monitoring via a wearable detector
Comprehensive environmental safety detection - including, smoke, flood, carbon monoxide (CO), and intrusion
Emergency call initiation and pick-up of incoming calls using wearable
Built-in, two-way speakerphone – with high-volume setting and high-
Up to 16 customizable reminders (voice messages and on the LCD display)
Large LCD screen with unlimited language options, and time and date display
Support for up to 29 (for private homes) or 255 (for group living facilities)
Local and remote programming via PC or telephone line
Comprehensive anti-failure protection features – including power failure and low or missing battery alerts, 24-hour
backup battery, and programmable periodic test
Why a Personal Emergency Response System?
For seniors who are living alone, injuries or incapacitation can mark the end of an independent lifestyle. In fact, one out of
every three people over age 65 will fall this year¹, which can lead to complications. Don't let a fear of injury take away your
freedom. A personal emergency response system puts help within reach, with just the push of a button, so you can live
comfortably in your home, receiving 24 hour medical monitoring and home health security without losing your
The risk of falling, an ongoing concern for anybody with impaired balance or mobility, increases with
age. It poses a particularly significant health risk for the elderly, even those in good general health,
as a fall can lead to serious injury. More than half of all falls take place within the home, making the
FallGuard Pro fall detector and medical alert system making it an ideal solution for reliable fall
detection and personal emergency response.
FallGuard Pro fall detector and PERS is a stylish wireless fall detector that functions both as a
standard manual medical alert button and as a fall detector, which automatically triggers a call to the
monitoring center for immediate help. The fall detection is enabled by a built-in tilt sensor that can
sense when the fall detector, which is worn by the user, tilts at more than 60 degrees; for more than
a predefined period of time (usually about a minute). This activates the medical alert system, which
notifies our Life Safety Operators, enabling help to be dispatched immediately. The FallGuard Pro
fall detector also has a medical alert button built into the pendant. This allows the medical alert
system to be activated even if the emergency is not a fall.
A personal emergency response system (PERS) is often the first "monitoring" device a family chooses
for a senior who spends time alone, either in their own home or while caregiving families are away at
work. With hundreds of personal emergency response systems now available, what exactly are they,
who will benefit most from having one, what should you look for, and what should you avoid?
Who is a PERS For?
Personal emergency response systems are not for everyone. A senior who will benefit from a PERS unit must be able to
understand what the unit is for, what constitutes an emergency, and be able to remember what to do with the "HELP"
button in an emergency.
Your senior must also be willing to wear the "HELP" button at all times. It is waterproof, so this includes while bathing.
Hanging the transmitter button on the bedpost at night or taking it off while bathing will make it useless. The unit is only
helpful if it is being worn and used properly.
Seniors who can no longer judge what is an emergency, or who are unlikely to remember what to do should one occur are
not going to benefit from having a PERS. Indeed, putting a "HELP" button on someone who cannot use it will create a false
sense of security for a caregiver.
What a PERS is and How a PERS Works
There are three components to a personal emergency response system: A small transmitter (the "HELP" button), a
communications console connected to the user's telephone, and (usually) a remote monitoring center.
When the person using the system needs help, he or she presses the "HELP" button, typically worn around the neck or on
a wrist band. That sends a radio signal to the console at the telephone, which then automatically dials the phone.
The remote dialer can be programmed to call any number the user specifies. Most people choose to have the unit dial a
remote monitoring center, which will then determine the nature of the emergency and contact the appropriate responder
(family or neighbor or emergency responders).
Most telephone consoles incorporate a speaker, so the monitoring center can communicate directly with the caller without
the telephone itself being necessary.
If the PERS wearer does not respond to the monitoring center, or if the monitoring center can't determine the exact nature
of the emergency, they will most commonly immediately contact emergency responders and stay on the line until help
Most PERS systems can dial out to the pre-programmed family or monitoring center number even if the phone is off the
line or in use (called "seizing the line" by telephone professionals).
Families should always be aware that because a personal response system requires that the user be able to push the
transmitter button to call for help, it will not be useful if the wearer is unconscious or otherwise unable to use the "HELP"
button. Of course, nor will any other system be able to immediately and automatically call for help should the user be
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