“A lot of seniors have questions about medical alerts,” says Thoron. “And they naturally turn to the trusted staff at their local senior center for advice. But often the staff doesn’t understand the complex world of medical alert systems.”
Most people looking at medical alerts for the first time don’t understand the differences between monitored alerts and no-fee alerts, or between systems that use a speakerphone and systems that allow you to talk through the emergency pendant that you carry with you. Likewise, most brochures and websites about medical alerts don’t explain these differences clearly.
“People sometimes buy the wrong system because they start looking at the equipment first, and think about their needs second. I encourage people to do the opposite: think about your lifestyle and your needs first, then find a system that fits your needs.”
Thoron’s new flyer, designed for posting and distribution at senior centers or anywhere that seniors and the people who care for them can be found, covers three areas that a savvy consumer should consider before buying a medical alert.
Thoron created a website called elderlymedicalalertsystems.com after watching family members struggle to understand which medical alert system to buy. He says, “There’s a medical alert system that’s right for you, but it’s not necessarily the one that gets advertised most on TV, or the one that has paid to have its flyer on the rack at your doctor’s office.”
Download a copy of the guide at http://elderlymedicalalertsystems.com/