You want to purchase a personal emergency response system for your mom or dad. You’ve seen plenty of companies that offer the system and monthly subscriptions. You don’t know where to go from there. How can you tell which service is best?
Create a Checklist of What Your Parent Needs
Start with a checklist of the services your parent needs. Is your mom or dad prone to falling? Would a sensor that detects a fall and alerts the service help? Does your dad often go outside to work in his gardens? If he encountered an emergency outside, would he still be able to alert the company’s monitoring center?
Does your mom take daily medications? Do you need reassurance that she’s taken her medications after getting out of bed? Do you want to know that she’s out of bed and starting her day? These are other services that personal emergency response systems offer.
Once you know what services are most important to you and your parent, start looking at prices. Services can range in price from $20 a month to more than $50. It all depends on the system and the options you need.
Many companies offer low introductory prices and increase them after a few months. Make sure the price you’re quoted is the actual price. If it is an introductory price, ask what the regular price is. It can make a big difference.
Look at the Contract Terms
If you cancel after a few months, will you pay a penalty? There are companies who will charge you an early cancellation fee. If your contract says 12 months and you drop the service after half a year, you may end up paying or those extra six months. Look for plans that allow you to cancel at any time without penalty.
Find Out What Wireless Network is Used
Many personal emergency response systems use AT&T. If your mom or dad live in an area where AT&T service is spotty, the GPS portion of the system may not work effectively. Ask about that. Find out if the service switches to a competitor’s cell tower if there’s no signal with the usual cellular network.
While a personal emergency response system gives you and your parent peace of mind, a caregiver offers far more. Caregivers provide companionship. They can help with housework, laundry, and meal preparation. Learn more about caregivers by calling an agency that offers home care services.
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