Magazine article Work & Family Life

Choosing an Emergency Call Service?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Choosing an Emergency Call Service?

Article excerpt

If you or an older relative or friend are thinking about subscribing to a home personal emergency response system (PERS), here's what you can do:

COMPARE PRICES and services offered by several different companies.

TALK TO PEOPLE who already have installed a personal response system. Ask them what they like about it-and what they don't like.

LOOK FOR a transmitter that will let you know when a battery is wearing down.

MAKE SURE the transmitter is waterproof too-because so many falls happen in the bathroom.

MAKE SURE the PERS monitoring center, wherever it's located, is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

FIND OUT what procedures are followed in the case of a medical emergency or if an intruder enters your older relative's home. …

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