A medical alarm is an alarm system designed to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention and to summon emergency medical personnel. Other terms for a medical alarm are Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) or medical alert. Medical alert systems can be an alarm pendant, medical alarm console (also called medical alert base unit), and monitoring center.
The alarm pendant is worn around the neck, on the wrist, or even on the belt and features a transmitter. On pressing the help button of the transmitter, the signal transmits to the console, which in turn passes through the telephone line. The signal then reaches the person at the medical monitoring center or a neighbor, depending on how the system is set up.
- Landline Medical Alert System
- Landline LifeSentry Medical Alert System
- Cellular Medical Alert System (No Landline Required)
- GPS Medical Alert System
- Mobile Medical Alert System
Adults who are functionally impaired and live alone or who are socially isolated in the community can get round-the-clock emergency assistance through Emergency Response Services by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). In an emergency, the person can press a call button to signal for help. Round-the-clock emergency response services are also provided to those who meet financial eligibility requirements.
Services are provided through an electronic monitoring system that is used by functionally impaired adults who live alone or who are socially isolated in the community. In an emergency, the client can press a call button to signal for help. The electronic monitoring system helps to ensure that the appropriate person or service agency responds to an alarm call. Financial eligibility is determined by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.