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Tips for Seniors: Alerts Alarms and Monitoring Systems for Seniors

Tips for Seniors: Alerts Alarms and Monitoring Systems for Seniors

Things happen when seniors live alone. Falls are the leading cause of injuries for seniors. A deadly carbon monoxide leak may develop. Home fires can result from an unattended iron or coffee pot.

Enter cutting-edge technology monitoring systems, designed for seniors to acquire a comfort level and family/caregivers to obtain a peaceful mind. Let’s explore several types of tech-devices.

Medical Alert Devices aka Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)

Literally lifesavers, the PERS summons a live person, who will send medical help for seniors who have fallen and can’t get up or suffered a stroke, etc. This device is worn on the senior’s body – watch, pendant, bracelet, etc. – and just touching a button activates a connection to an emergency operator. 

Some are highly sophisticated and will alert caregivers even it the senior is unable to press the button.

Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Available now are combination alarms that detect either smoke or carbon monoxide in the home. These monitored systems activate immediately when danger is detected, and the correct emergency service is summoned, even if no one is home.  If the senior is incapacitated by smoke inhalation or CO2, they can generally be resuscitated because help arrived in time.

Since carbon monoxide is not detectable with our senses, combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors are a wise investment. Accumulations of CO2 in the home can result in carbon monoxide poisoning.


Consider checking out the newer medical alert systems, which also have a smoke, fire, and CO2 capacities built-in. Also, it’s worth spending a little more to get a detector with monitoring capabilities. Otherwise, an alarm will just sound and seniors would need to vacate their home. Emergency services would have to be called after the fact.  

Final Thoughts

Investing in alerts, alarms and monitoring systems for seniors could save your loved one’s life. These state-of-the-art tools support seniors, who want to live independently by providing reassurance that the help they need is just a pushbutton away. 

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