Most accidents or falls that occur happen at the home of the elderly person. The incidents happen at the place in which your loved one spends most of their time and probably feels the safest, allowing them to put their guard down. Unfortunately, accidents at home can prompt loved ones to feel uneasy, and for those in charge of their care to begin thinking about whether a nursing home might be a better option. As we stated in our last blog, we understand the dilemma of wanting to allow your elderly loved one to continue to have the freedom they desire and to live in their home while also wanting to make sure they are taken care of and are safe.
With these concerns in mind, Vimtag designed a senior help button and elderly monitoring system that can help you find a compromise when faced with the decision of allowing your loved one to remain independent while keeping them happy and healthy. Though we, of course, highly recommend our elderly monitoring system and senior help button, here are some aspects to consider when you are going to be purchasing an assistance system.
We all have a budget, and no matter how much you love your family member, there will always be the concern of price. When comparing elderly monitoring systems, it’s important to consider if the cost of the system is a one-time price or if it will include a monthly service fee or contract cost. Also, if you are considering an assisted living home or a senior help button, an at-home monitoring system will be less expensive and will still provide monitoring and assistance, depending on your and your elderly family member’s needs. When comparing prices, also be sure to check for hidden prices and fees and take those into consideration as well.
You must also compare functionality as well—what can this system do, what capabilities does it provide me, and how much freedom does this allow my elderly loved one? Before you even consider the various available elderly monitoring systems on the market, it is best to consider your needs: what do you really need from your system? Also, consider what you may desire in the future and if the system can be upgraded if the need arises. Once you know what to look for, your decision process will be streamlined, only considering the actually viable options.
Ease of Use
You must also consider how easy the product is to use, not only for your loved one, but for yourself as well. Dealing with the frustration of a poorly designed system, plus the anxiety that comes with trying to care for your loved one, is an undesirable combination, to say the least. Find a system that is easy to set up, streamlines easily into the system that you already have, and has an easy-to-use customer service system that is truly available to help you when you have questions. Technology has advanced enough that you should not expect anything less than a product that is designed compactly with intuitive and effective features.
As mentioned earlier, understand if the product comes with a contract and if the contract comes with an additional cost. Do not sign a long-term contract even though you hope that your loved one will live for a long time; if you sign a long-term contract, you may be stuck paying for a service that you no longer need after your loved one has passed away. Though we do not recommend a contract, if you must sign a contract, make sure you understand all the terms and the benefits it can offer you.
Next, consider the company’s reputation. Though we are sure that you have done your research about elderly monitoring systems, be sure to read reviews of each company and the elder monitoring system themselves. Like we said before, we are sure that you have done your research, but knowing who you are trusting with your loved one’s comfort and life is an aspect of finding a system that cannot be overlooked and had to be mentioned on this blog.
If you are in the market for a senior help button, consider Vimtag! We offer a modern, compact, and easy-to-use system that you can use right from your smart phone! Our senior help button system offers two way voice capabilities and will be completely set up within minutes. Learn more about our senior help button and buy yours today on our website!