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Any reputable monitoring service for the elderly?

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Oct 4, 2006
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Any reputable monitoring service for the elderly?

Anyone use a monitoring system for their elderly parents? You know...the 'I've fallen and can't get up' devices.
It's more for the home, in case of an emergency (i.e. Stroke, or fall)

There's so many out there that it's difficult to know which ones are reputable.
Was looking at Lifeline, by Philips.
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Sep 3, 2013
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Lifeline is the popular one. I'm pretty sure it comes in different kinds... for example, someone with dementia living alone may not know to press the button, so there's a sensor if someone falls. But if the elderly is cognitively intact, then a simple bracelet/necklace with an emergency button may suffice. If you go through community/senior centers, you may get some discount or have the admin fee waived.
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blindemboss wrote:
Mar 9th, 2017 7:55 am
Anyone use a monitoring system for their elderly parents? You know...the 'I've fallen and can't get up' devices.
Do you parents have a home alarm? If so, a personal monitoring device can usually be added on for a small fee.

The Monitoring Centre offers a Personal Panic Alarm - and I believe monitoring of such devices is included in the base fee (except the hardware costs). It's not as sophisticated as Philips Lifeline but maybe suitable if they're not too old and senile yet.
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Lifeline is by far the market leader in capability and service...it is the one that is most often cobranded by the hospitals.

Yes, they have the motion sensor to detect falls and yes they also have the models that don't require the base station.

Also nice that they have major call centres are in Toronto and Montreal.

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