So I did a lot of research on medical alert systems. You know, the whole “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”. And so if you fall you push the pendant button (or wrist button if you go that route) and a company comes on the line and asks if you need an ambulance sent.
This link was extremely helpful in giving me ten companies to look at.
I went with Alert1 because they had a voice extender that appears to be what I need. And what I need is this: if my dad pushes his button from his apartment (in the basement), I need to know that he pushed it. With me being on the first or second floor the extender will let me know that my dad pushed his medical alert button. This is extremely helpful for two reasons: 1) our house is big so even if my dad yelled for help I likely wouldn’t hear him 2) he usually pushes the button at night when I’m fast asleep. So when he pushes the button not only will they talk to him through his phone set in the basement, they’ll also come across the “extender” and I will hear them talk as well. This will alert me to the fact my dad pushed the button.
Of course, I’m set-up in their system to be called before they call the ambulance. And so I would receive a phone call from them on my cell phone which would work, too. However, with our current company (ADT–which I don’t recommend at all) there have been two times where I wasn’t near my cell phone and he pushed his button. So 911 was called and I wasn’t even aware of it (and in both cases he had accidentally hit the button and didn’t realize it). And, no, ADT didn’t come online and talk to him. They just sent the ambulance. One reason I got rid of them.)
Need help approaching the subject with an elderly parent? The video below from Consumer Affairs is very helpful.
I hope this helps. A medical alert device is good for peace of mind–both for me and my dad.