Consider lifeline services if you worry about falling and being unable to get to a phone to call for help.
Lifeline services (also known as medical alert services) are a proven, super simple option that will:
Let you press a button on a wristband or pendant to connect with a 24*7 emergency support line,
Automatically contact the 24*7 support service if you're wearing a pendant and it detects a fall, and
Do the above inside and outside the home with the new mobile cellular option.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
A monthly service subscription, and
A phone line to connect an in-home communications base station.
If you no longer use a landline for phone, cellular wireless options are typically available for an additional $10 per month.
COST RANGE: $45-$65
Cost includes the $10-15 premium adding automated fall detection and assumes the communication base station is connected through a landline phone connection.
Mobile cellular pendant options range from $70-90 per month.
RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Look for any established company offering Month-To-Month services plans and waterproof pendants for wearing in the shower. Two reputable examples include:
Canada: Life Assure (sold direct to consumer).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
A pendant for automated fall detection,
Waterproof button for wearing in the shower (high risk area for falls), and
No term commitment.
WHAT TO AVOID
Avoid service providers that do NOT offer waterproof emergency call buttons.
Avoid term commitments.
Avoid the portable mobile option when you are looking for cellular mobile pendant.
Sometimes these portable options are called mobile and it gets confusing! How can you tell? If the price is close to the standard in-home service price, it's probably a portable. Mobile cellular lifeline pendants are usually twice the price of in-home service.
WANT MORE DETAILS?
Find tips and comparisons to lifeline service alternatives in the Collection "Dealing with Falls" on The HUB. It includes:
A summary comparing lifeline services to other new options,
Product examples, costs and comparisons for each tactic,
Shopping Checklists to help you identify and get the features you need,
Budget Planners, and
A discussion group to ask questions and chat with your peers and pros.
Wishing you all the best,