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Medical alert systems have been around since the 70s. LifeStation, celebrating 30 years in business, is one of the originals. I received a request from LIfeStation to sponsor an article on this site.

I checked out the LifeStation Website, and after seeing the amount of information and their impressive history, I happily agreed to write about them. Shhh, don’t tell them. After reading How To Choose The Right Medical Alert Company,” I was so impressed, I would have written about them without the sponsorship. This looks like the best of the best.

The request from LifeStation sent me back in time. In the late 80s, my family hired a newly sprouted in-home care company to stay with my uncle during the day. My aunt had died, and Uncle Wilkes had a history of strokes. He needed someone around the house during the day to do light chores and keep him company. We didn’t feel he needed someone at night, but we wanted to be alerted if he needed help. We’d heard of personal medical alarms, checked into them, and shortly thereafter, Uncle Wilkes’ nights were monitored by a small alarm button on a necklace. This new marvel was impressive. With the push of button, he could summon help, if needed. Uncle Wilkes wore the alarm until he had a massive stroke, and needed full-time nursing care.

Not long after that, I became the primary caregiver for my neighbor Joe. I immediately signed him up for an alert system. This one got a big workout.  I lived right next door to Joe, so I always made sure he had his alarm around his neck when I left after my daily visit. Thankfully, he was wearing it the night he fell and broke his hip. I was called by the monitoring service and told Joe had set off his alarm. I ran over to his house, and found him lying on the kitchen floor. Even my untrained eye could see that he had a broken hip. No, the alarm couldn’t fix the hip, but it saved Joe a lonely night of agony.

My mother was my next elder to get an alert system. I can’t count the number of times the dispatchers called me to go check on her. Sometimes she was hurt. Other times not. Either way, it was a relief to know that she could push the button on her alarm (she had a bracelet) if she needed help, and the monitoring station would call me. If I wasn’t available, they could have called 911. I chronicle both Joe and Mom’s experiences with their alarms in Minding Our Elders. The alert systems were pivotal to Uncle Wilkes, Joe and Mom staying in their own homes longer. I can’t imagine not having them.

I'm pleased to be a small part of spreading the word for LifeStation. They operate their own UL ® listed monitoring center, they offer 24/7 customer support, a 30 - day, risk free money back trial and no hidden fees or long term contracts.

For insight into medical alert monitoring, read "How To Choose The Right Medical Alert Company: 12 Crucial Tips You Need to Know." I wish I'd written this tip sheet, but since I didn't, I'll just have to be happy to serve as a conduit between the LifeStation site and your discovering the knowledge you need to make a wise choice.


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