Medical emergencies happen every day, without warning. A medical alert system can call for help immediately. These devices are life-saving for the elderly, handicapped or anyone who wants to live with peace of mind that help is close at hand. We researched the best medical alert systems in Oklahoma City to prepare yourself should an emergency strike.
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How to choose a medical alert system in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City has around 71,000 residents over the age of 65. However, older adults aren't the only ones at risk. Anyone who is handicapped or lives alone could need medical help. Alert systems can be beneficial in ensuring they are protected 24/7.
Many Oklahoma City residents are moving away from landlines, but medical alert devices are designed to work with both wired and mobile phones.
Neck or wrist device
Can be mounted
Compact and lightweight
Plug in and ready installation
Smartphone apps available
For an investment of this type, many companies offer a 30-day, risk-free trial. This is a great way to make sure you're satisfied with the features of medical alert devices, which include:
First responder dispatch
Contact with family or caregivers
Many companies offer fall detection, which means dispatchers are called as soon as someone falls, even before you're able to push a button on the device. In addition to medical dispatch, monitors will alert the family. Many companies offer these features with bundles, and it can also be purchased for an additional fee.
In addition to risk-free trials, the cost is also important. Medical alert companies offer tiered pricing. Most charge a monthly fee, and signing a long-term contract could help lower the monthly cost. Medical device equipment is typically leased, but additional devices can be purchased.
Medicare and most insurance companies will not pay for devices. However, many medical alert companies offer discounts for AARP members or for bundling more than one service.
Once you choose a plan that fits your budget, there are several ways to have your system set up. Many companies offer devices that are so easy to set up, you can do it yourself. Others have technicians install the devices for you. If you are having equipment issues, call the company's customer service line. If troubleshooting over the phone doesn't help, a replacement device can be sent.
Medical Guardian offers a price lock guarantee so your monthly cost doesn’t rise. Customers do not have to sign a long-term contract. An online portal makes it easy to send payment and receive customer service. Customers in OKC say that Medical Guardian is reliable and simple to use.
LifeFone has alert systems that work with landlines and GPS for mobile customers. LifeFone has no installation or activation fees and doesn’t require an upfront deposit. LifeFone also offers caregiver tools like medication reminders and location services.
Cox Homelife Care
Cox Homelife Care gives OKC seniors the confidence to live on their own terms and in their own home. It’s the medical alert system that keeps seniors connected 24 hours a day with trained care professionals and their loved ones. With innovative devices like a pendant that automatically detects a fall and a mobile app for family members to be informed in the case of an emergency, Homelife Care allows seniors to lead more active lives in the comfort of their homes.
MobileHelp’s monitoring is offered in monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual pricing. The devices are leased from the company to save money. An important note is that MobileHelp only works with customers who live in an area serviced by AT&T. MobileHelp customers say customer service is great and the devices are easy to set up.
LifeStation offers a 30-day money back guarantee on its devices and service. Monitoring services can be paid monthly, quarterly or annually. LifeStation has an average response time of 20 seconds. Oklahoma customer reviews praise LifeStation for being very polite and responsive.
Medical Alert has great reviews for customer service being patient and courteous. All medical alert systems have fall detection capabilities and contact your loved ones or caregivers in the event of an emergency. Medical Alert has five 24/7/365 monitoring centers across the country.
Founded in 1974, Philips Lifeline has the largest subscriber base in the United States. Customizable programming is available for active seniors, homebound seniors and seniors with chronic conditions (called CareSage). CareSage uses predictive analytics so caregivers can take preventive action. In addition to at-home and on-the-go systems, Philips Lifeline offers medication dispensing tools, too.
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