How Does a Person to Person Alert Device Work?

AllsWell Team

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Did you know that more than 27% of Americans over the age of 65 live alone? And of all the seniors who live alone, almost 4 out of every 10 said it would be hard for them to get help in an emergency. 

Add this to the fact that about half of all seniors fall each year, and it's clear that there is a major gap in the market when it comes to home safety for senior citizens. And it’s not only for seniors as the number of single-person households grows every year. This gap can be bridged by a Person-to-Person Alert Device. 

What Are Person to Person Alert Devices?

Person to person alert devices or systems are gadgets designed to help the elderly, ill, or injured person call their family members or friends for help in case of an emergency. 

These devices can be worn around the neck, worn on the wrist, or installed as a smartphone app, delivering cell phone monitoring. It typically includes an audible and visual alerting device that can be activated by pressing a button. More advanced products may also include a sensor that can be used to detect motion.

Suppose the sensor detects that the person wearing the device has stopped moving. In that case, it will send an alert to the designated emergency contact, which could be a family member or a caregiver.

These emergency alert systems are a convenient present for your adult family members living alone: aging parents, grandparents, and other loved ones with health issues or requiring monitoring.

Depending on the type of the device, it could be triggered if the care receiver:

When you or the wearer experience any of these issues at home, these devices are designed to make a call to the designated emergency contact for help.

Characteristics of Person to Person Alert Devices

If you have an elderly person at home, you might be worried about their health. According to a recent study, it was revealed that roughly 85 percent of older people suffer from at least one chronic health condition, with 60 percent suffering from two or more chronic health disorders. Now your mom or dad may need an extra hand since their physical abilities also deteriorated with the passing of years. 

Of course, not all problems can be solved by taking them to the doctor or arranging for home nursing care and paying huge monthly costs for equipment fees and board. Some issues can be prevented by using a system that delivers alerts in real time. 

Some of these systems are mobile device compatible that deliver medication reminders and provide hints on how to be alert and stay healthy and active at old age. 

Others ensure a direct connection to family members and caregivers or monitor the GPS location of the user. The most important thing is, no single person can provide quality 24/7 monitoring, while a device or an application certainly can. 

If you or a loved one is considering the use of a person to person alert device, you must know what to expect. That way, you can ask questions about features and find alternatives that would best suit your need.

Some of the features to look out for when considering a personal emergency response system include:

For person to person mobile application alerts:

  • A risk-free trial of at least a couple of weeks

  • Reasonable monthly fee

  • Panic button

  • Inactivity monitoring

  • Location detection

  • Easy setup

  • Multiple alert types (i.e., text and email notifications)

  • Compatibility with iOS or Android, depending on your phone (it’s recommended to select an app compatible with both since you might want to upgrade your phone at some time or use the same app for monitoring people who own different phone models)

For wearable person to person alert devices:

  • Reasonable purchase, installation, and monthly subscription fee (usually, you’ll need to separately pay for the device itself and for the monthly service)

  • Water-resistant 

  • Comfortable to wear

  • Easy to use

  • Long battery life

  • Multiple alert types (i.e., text and email notifications)

  • Location detection

  • Free shipping

In this age of technology, there have been a lot of innovations that can help improve the health and well-being of all people. Medical technology has also been greatly improved, and thanks to this, there are increasingly more features to look out for in these emergency alert devices. 

Why Person to Person Alert Versus Other Options?

If you know a senior citizen that lives independently in their home or a college student that is living in a dorm room, then you understand the importance of being able to have an emergency alert system. These devices can be invaluable when it comes to safety. They allow the person being monitored to feel more comfortable and secure at any given time of the day.

CDC statistics show that 3 million home-related injuries occur each year among individuals over the age of 65 due to falls. There are various factors responsible for this, including deterioration in bone density, stability, and coordination, which occur as a person gets older.  But in fact, person to person alert systems are not just for the elderly. These products are designed to be used by all people living, commuting, or traveling alone.

A person to person alert ensures that your loved ones learn about the emergency as soon as possible, so the help is within reach should an emergency occur.

Non-automatic alerts like phone calls, emails, and social media notices may seem like a good idea at first, but what happens if the patient or your loved one cannot reach the phone or computer to send out a message? 

The good news is that some alert systems like AllsWell Alert provide both active alerts initiated by a panic button and automated alerts triggered by prolonged inactivity.

How AllsWell’s Person to Person Alerts Can Help

Mobile technologies have advanced tremendously. There’s basically an app for everything you could think of. This means your life can be made much easier by introducing smart helpers and monitors into your daily routine. 

What makes the AllsWell Alert a great choice for person to person alerts is that it is an unobtrusive, easy to install, and affordable app that works with any smartphone, saving you and your loved ones the worry of being cut off from communication during power outages or other events. 

If the user has stayed inactive for an extended amount of time (which you could customize), AllsWell Alert will send an email and text alert to designated emergency contacts, along with a map of the user’s GPS location. This gives you the ability to connect with a friend or family member in a variety of different circumstances without having to push a panic button.

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