'Medical alarm necklaces' – the people debate (US)

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However slightly depressing the UK’s mainstream telecare (see item Introducing Worcestershire TeleCare – A guide for Customers) a discussion like the following reminds one that the UK is streets ahead of the US when it comes to the availability of user-oriented technology and appropriate response. However, careful reading of the discussion will be a source of information for suppliers about the state of the market and the language that people in the US use to describe what they are looking for… life alert; medical alarm necklace; life phone; medical alarm systems; alert system; medical alert bracelets/necklaces; lifeline system; elderly panic button. The discussion also raises big issues about appropriate response to button presses in the US. “Life Alert” medical alarm necklace that doesn’t call 911 without explicit permission??


  1. Trevor D Cradduck

    A number of tele care services in N America are offered by home security companies and they often resort directly to 911 in case of emergencies. I am surprised by the discussion where, on quick review, I failed to see any mention of Lifeline which has some 77,000 clients in the US and which does not instigate a 911 response unless necessary and certainly complies with clients’ wishes.