If you’re one of millions of Americans who are caregivers for your parents or another loved one, know that technology is keeping up with your needs. We’re not talking “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” here, considered to be 1980s tech. Securus, Inc. introduces a new gadget that may help you help your aging parents. It’s eResponder, “a small, wearable, waterproof device that lets users summon help from anywhere with GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) cellular service,” says the company about its mobile medical alert system.
Most speaker and landline-based systems only work inside the home or within 500 feet of the unit’s base, and the user has to be in the same room as the base to communicate with the call center, the company noted in a press release. “eResponder uses cellular technology that works anywhere, and it’s a tiny, waterproof device that can be worn as a pendant, clipped to a belt or stowed in a pocket to provide peace of mind while in the home, in the shower, gardening, walking the dog, on a trip to the mall—wherever the user wants to go.”
This new system doesn’t require a landline, since many seniors don’t use them, but they do use cell phones or VoIP services. VoIP allows customers to make and receive cheap or free local and international phone calls, usually through the computer. Customers can leave home and still get help if they need it—when they need it.
Battery sends alerts, too
eResponder weighs just over an ounce and can be comfortably worn anywhere. Users have instant access to a two-way conversation with a care center staffed 24/7, 365 days a year. The unit has excellent sound quality and a long battery life and runs a self-diagnostic test every 24 hours to check cellular strength and battery levels. A flashing red light and sound signal low power so the unit can be recharged, and the call center and designated caregiver also receive notices of battery fatigue.
The initial cost and monthly service fee vary, but I find them reasonable.
I share news or products that I think will make your life help easier. I did not receive a promotional fee for this post, but encourage you to learn more if you spend as much time as most caregivers wondering what’s going on when you’re not present. A mobile medical alert system may be just what you and your family need to reduce caregiving stress.