Mobile systems make it easy to stay active and independent. With the touch of a button, the medical alert company can communicate with you and send help to your exact location using the GPS tracking feature now available.
The majority of mobile devices are either water-resistant or waterproof. You can hike, walk, jog, or swim with your medical alert pendant or wristband. Most of these mobile system packages include a base station and charging cradle and emergency alert buttons in the form of a pendant or wristband. Other companies produce a pendant that works as both the base station and the alert button with long-lasting battery lives.
What to Expect From a Mobile System
With a mobile system, you no longer have to worry about being too far away from your base station in the event of an emergency. You can continue living independently, on the go, and active throughout your senior years. Some mobile systems also have a fall detection system, either included or as a separate device you can wear.
The battery life varies between manufacturers and devices. Some GPS-enabled devices include 24 hour battery life before charging, while others can last for 10 years (mostly all-in-one devices). The range between the mobile base and the alert button can vary, but most tend to work at an optimal range of 350 to 400 feet. The mobile base can be used as the alert button as many of these devices can be worn as a pendant, wristband, or belt clip.
What Happens When You Press the Alert Button
Before using your mobile system, you will need to charge the portable base in the base station and charging cradle. Depending on the manufacturer, this can take up to two hours. Once fully charged, the battery may last 24 hours or more. You can either use the portable base by itself or take it with you while wearing your emergency alert pendant or wristband. Most portable base stations can receive a signal from the emergency alert button within a range of 350 to 400 feet.
When you press the alert button on the pendant or wristband within range of the portable base, the base will utilize the cellular carrier to initiate the call to the call center. Although the pendant or wristband may not have two-way communication, the operator can be heard over the portable base. If the operator cannot hear you because you are too far away or unable to speak loud enough, the operator will dispatch emergency services to your exact location using the GPS coordinates that displays on your profile at that time.
The portable base also has an emergency alert button. You can press this button and use the two-way communication to speak with an emergency operator.
Why GPS is Important to You
When you need help, you need it now and trying to explain to an emergency operator where you are may be difficult in a crisis, especially if you are in a rural area or hiking a trail. With nationwide GPS coverage, emergency services can find you anywhere in the country where there is cellular service.