Voice-Activated Medical Alerts
Medical alert systems come with a variety of options in hopes that there is one suited for everyone out there who needs one. One option is to have a voice-activated medical alert system. Let’s look at the details of what a voice-activated system has to offer so that you can decide if it’s the right choice for you or a loved one.
What is a Voice-Activated Medical Alert System?
A voice-activated medical alert system responds to voice commands so you don’t need to press a button when you need help. There is a console or base that is voice-enabled and works with the system. As long as you are in range of the console, you will be able to call for help. Many consoles have a wide enough range so that to be able to respond to the user within the home. This can be extremely helpful if you’ve fallen or can’t press a button.
A voice-activated medical alert system also gives you the option of accessing help if you’re in the shower, without needing to wear a water-resistant pendant or having an emergency button in the bathroom.
Many seniors also prefer the voice-activated system because they don’t need to learn how to use any new technology to get started. All they need to do is simply speak their commands.
Isn’t a Voice-Activated Medical Alert System the Same as a Two-Way Voice Medical Alert System?
No, and in fact, they are completely different. A voice-activated medical alert system uses a voice-enabled console that can receive voice commands. The console picks up the sound and sends the request for help to the command center.
The two-way voice medical alert system comes with a help button that includes a built-in speaker and microphone. The user has to press the button to talk into it to get help. There are still other medical alert systems that require the person to press the button for help, but don’t have voice capabilities so that the person can convey their need. Help is immediately sent, but the cause of the emergency is unknown.
Voice-activated medical alert systems can be more beneficial than other types because they provide communication between the person in need and the command center. This can assure the right help is sent and can prepare emergency personnel as to the type of situation they are responding to.
Who Can Benefit from a Voice-Activated Medical Alert System?
The simple answer here is anyone. But, a voice-activated medical alert system may most benefit those with arthritis or other physical disabilities.
How Much Does a Voice-Activated Medical Alert System Cost?
The cost varies from company to company. Many companies charge a monthly fee, much like a phone bill to maintain the connection to the command center. Besides the equipment fee, you will be responsible for this monthly fee. Look out for lengthy contracts and early termination fees. Many seniors enter contracts that they cannot fulfill and end up paying fees as a result. Ask about early termination fees and all equipment fees upfront so that there are no surprises.
Does Medicare Cover Voice-Activated Medical Alert Systems?
Medicare does not cover any type of medical alert systems, whether they are voice-activated or not. If you have a Medicare Supplement Plan, you may be eligible for a discount. It’s best to check with your carrier as coverage varies with different plans.
Where Can I Buy a Voice-Activated Medical Alert System?
Many systems can be purchased online. You can also ask your doctor about local stores in your area where you may be able to buy one.
When it comes to medical alert systems, the voice-activated option is one to consider if you or a loved one has a tendency to fall and/or lives alone. The voice-activated option provides an easy and quick way to get help when it’s needed most.