There’s more to life than working, and some people do not realize that until it’s too late. There’s also more to home security than keeping burglars out. One in every two Americans will suffer from some form of cancer in their lifetime. One in seven has diabetes; one in ten has epilepsy or is prone to seizures; one in four is a baby boomer now reaching old age. So products like Assertive Technology’s Medical Alert System get made, and this article takes a closer look at it.
You won’t see them much on home security websites but these things will catch your attention as you grow older.
What if you fell one day and nobody was in the house with you? What if you suffered a medical difficulty and you need help immediately? Products like these are for those ‘what if’ scenarios. Products like these let people know when you need help, and they’re becoming increasingly popular which is not surprising given the stats. But, is this particular one any good? Read on to find out.
- Long range
- One-touch action
- 5 programmable numbers
- Dials 911 direct
- Easy set-up
- Speaker is slightly muffled.
The set-up takes some time to get right. You place down the base unit and strap the receiver to your arm or belt. Then you plug your landline into the base. After this you program in four numbers you want the system to dial in event of an emergency. Whatever order you place the numbers in, is the order in which the system will dial when you press the button on your arm, so think carefully.
Once the numbers are in you have the option of adding a 911 number.
When you’ve done all this you’re ready to go. It takes about 30 minutes to do the whole thing. If you don’t have a landline you must spend about $10 to buy the cellular adapter. This will allow you to use your cell phone to dial numbers.
The Medical Alert System has a range of one million square feet which is quite huge. So you can be inside the house or on some land you own and still be within range. This was a huge plus point.
You have two options: you can send a per-recorded message or speak live into the armband when you need to call someone. Once you press the button it’ll start calling the numbers you placed inside it. The first person it gets through to presses 5 on their phone to stop the process. Then you have the option to also call 911.
There are some problems. Firstly, if you chose the message option, it can sometimes start early before someone picks up, which is quite annoying but the message always goes through. The other problem is that while you can use this as a normal non-emergency handset, it doesn’t have a great speaker so the dialogue could have been clearer (the manufacturer should have given more thought into this area as many older people suffer hearing problems).
Having said that, the good points far outweigh the bad. The one-button activation is far easier than dialing on a phone. The signal is very reliable, it never fails to go through. The system is simple and will always without delay hit your caller list when the button is pushed. It’s very fast and you’re going straight through to emergency services rather than reaching a call center. The signal is also strong enough to go through walls and floors meaning that as long as you’re within the one million-square foot range, you’ll be able to use it.
Because of the simplicity of this system the battery will last a long time. And, you never have to worry about it running down without you knowing because a light will flash when power is low. The base battery is rechargeable and you can also store a spare battery for the armband inside the base.
You can receive calls at any time during the day on this device. Although as I said earlier, conversations can become muffled at times because of the speaker system inside.
The speaker is good but the chamber is too small, meaning that conversations are possible but limited.
It is a very simple device. Stick the band around your arm and put down the base unit after hooking it up to your landline and you’re ready to go. You can take it anywhere with you. Although you may need to buy the cellular adapter if the place you’re going to doesn’t have a landline.
The Battery lasts a long time because it’s inactive when you’re not actually using the receiver.
Overall, it’s a well-made device. While its use for receiving calls is debatable because of the sound, there’s no denying that this could save a life one day.