Home or Mobile Medical Alarm Devices – Which System Is Better For A Senior

Better Medical Alarm Technology Means More Consumer Choices

With recent advancements in medical alarm technologies, seniors and their family member caregivers have never been in a better position to select a personal emergency response system that best suits a specific senior’s needs or requirements.  As consumers are now being offered a broader selection of systems, price plan options and service providers to choose from, the research and selection process to secure the right system has never been more challenging or confusing.

The Four Pillars – Cutting Through The Clutter of System Technology and Information

As a national service provider, First Response System.com understands the challenges consumers are now facing when navigating the product selection process in order to find the system that best suits their needs.  Therefore, First Response has created a forthright and easy-to-understand user checklist that helps consumers streamline the research process by using the “Four Pillars” (lifestyle; medical; financial; and proficiency) to create an ideal match between user and system.

User Checklist – Match User Needs to A Specific System Solution

Lifestyle/Home: If the senior or individual user is homebound and/or spends the majority of their daily living in the home and around the property, then a traditional land line system (phone connection needed) or cell dialer system (no phone connection needed; cellular service) is appropriate.  The land line system consists of an emergency help button (worn as a bracelet or necklace) and a monitoring base console that can transmit the alarm signal through a phone line or nearby cell phone tower.

Lifestyle/Mobile:  In the event the user is more independent and is inclined toward engaging in activities outside the home (i.e. grocery, errands, medical, social) and/or drives an automobile, then a more portable system such as our GPS Mobile Care device would be an ideal solution. Device is a necklace that serves as a combination emergency help button and 2-way voice activated speaker. Features include wireless 2-way communication, GPS location tracking, fall detection and auto alarm applications.

Medical Need:  Falling or recurring falls may require a device that features fall detection and auto alarm capabilities.  The auto alarm application will transmit a wireless alarm signal to our First Response National Emergency monitoring Center without the user needing to press the panic alarm button.  The First Response GPS Mobile Care system integrates these features and more into the all-in-one device.

Financial Budget:  The traditional land line systems (phone or cell dialer) are considerably more affordable (as much as fifty-percent) as compared to their mobile and portable counterparts. All systems and their respective price plans combine the equipment rental and 24/7 emergency monitoring service into a one rate.  Rental and/or purchase plans are available in monthly, quarterly and annual installments.  Purchase plans (equipment only) are only recommended for long-term users (i.e. younger individuals with disabilities or early seniors age 55+).

Technical Proficiency:  Traditional land line systems (phone or cell dialer) require minimal or no daily user maintenance.  These systems are ideal for seniors with limited technical ability who generally do not access cell phones and computer and other related modern devices.  GPS Mobile Care and other portable medical alarm devices do require daily charging maintenance and basic monitoring of unit light indicators (i.e. cell signal strength and battery level) by the user.  These portable devices require a user to follow a basic daily regimen of maintenance and awareness.

Discuss Our Four Pillar User Checklist With A National Service Provider

Now that you’ve done your homework on the internet, contact the national providers you have researched online ( as well as any friends and family provider referrals) and review your Checklist pillar by pillar against the systems and products they offer. Finally, also take into consideration the emergency monitoring service and after-sales customer service the provider extends to a client. More on this critical subject in a later blog. Meanwhile, please feel free to contact us at our First Response Client Services Center at (866) 930-1130 should you require more detailed information or to discuss your specific needs.