Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)

Also known as a Medical Emergency Response System (MERS), these systems provide access to help 24-hours a day, seven days a week, usually at the touch of a button. They can range from simple wearable accessories to an advanced network of monitors and sensors. Personal safety monitoring can help lower the cost of care, increase independence and quality of life for the wearer and decrease anxiety of family members and caregivers.

How a Personal Emergency Response System Works

The most common PERS are wearable technologies comprised of three components: a radio transmitter, a console connected to the telephone line and an emergency response center that fields calls. When the user pushes the button, the console calls the programmed emergency number, usually an emergency call center or 9-1-1 directly. They can be worn as a necklace or bracelet, clipped to a belt or stored in a pocket.

These systems are provided by a number of companies and the systems range in sophistication from standard landline based systems that respond to a touch within the home, to those that can detect falls and that can work with cell phones to function outside the home. More advanced devices might also monitor health, track steps and provide GPS location detection. Information can be communicated to anyone who requires it through phone, text, web and email.

Financial Options for Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)

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Many PERS can be purchased online or over the phone.