No matter your age, if you have a medical disability that could cause you to fall, have black outs, or lose control of your limbs, these buttons can save your life. Vanity should not deter you from wearing one. As the medical alert industry is evolving and growing it is creating more discreet buttons that don’t look like the original prototype of medical alert. There are also added features that will contact not only emergency medical services but also family members and caretakers. You can choose your level of need and complexity of your button.
Theresa (Bradenton, FL) was diagnosed with degenerative bone and disc disease at 30 years old. This is highly uncommon but the disease sets in fast with loss of motion and movement. The doctors predicted she’d be in a wheelchair by the time she was 40 years old. At 43 years old she continues to be active, walking, and even using her motorized Vespa. When we asked her how this was possible that she’d feel secure enough to lead such an active life she replied her husband had gotten her a medical alert button for their anniversary. She stated that the best thing she ever did was activate it and begin using it. It gives her the security that if she falls or her limbs go numb, there is a voice on the other end who knows what medical conditions she has, what her allergies are, and can get her emergency services as fast as possible. With a self-professed hate of smart phones she said she proudly uses medical alert buttons because they are an easy press away from help instead of fighting with a lock screen and a heat sensitive key board.
Now for the other side of the age spectrum we talked to Mary (Sarasota, FL). She has had three knee replacements, arthritis and is a stage four colon, pancreatic, thyroid, and breast cancer survivor. The first time she fell she was 75 years old. She was unloading groceries out of her car. Her foot got stuck underneath her and she slipped and fell against the car. She was laying there for an hour before a neighbor noticed her and called for help. She had a broken shoulder and a concussion. This required a six month long recovery after shoulder surgery inside a rehabilitative center. She almost lost her house in the process because she couldn’t pay for her mortgage and rehab fees at the same time. Now at 76 years old she maintains her independence with a medical alert button. She said she never wants to feel as helpless as she did lying on the ground or have her children feel the way they did when they met her at the hospital. Having the medical alert button gave her and the whole family peace of mind that she was taken care of.
These two stories are only a couple of examples how medical alerts buttons save lives. No one will know that you have a medical alert button unless you divulge your secret. They are not the chunky unattractive pieces that they were originally. Nobody likes to admit they are getting fragile and that they need assistance, but a medical alert lets you keep your independence while knowing help will arrive quickly.
For more stories from Pioneer Emergency clients about how our medical alert buttons have saved their lives, read these reviews.