Personal Emergency Response Systems

By Michelle Jackson, Economic Security Team Member at Elder Law of Michigan

Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) are easy to use devices for seniors. During a fall or an emergency situation, the response systems can save lives and provide extra security for seniors. Many seniors feel they do not need one of these devices. They fear these devices make them look incompetent or their pride takes over and it’s hard for them to admit they need help.

Most seniors have been independent for decades, and changes to their independence are hard to face. PERS give that extra independence to seniors and can make it possible for them to live in their own homes longer.

There are many types of PERS. Aging in Place provides a comprehensive guide to these devices and systems. A few types of systems they list are:

  1. Systems that detect falls;
  2. Systems that monitor medication compliance;
  3. GPS Monitoring; and
  4. Cellular personal emergency 911 (unmonitored).

The different monitoring systems can fit around your neck, wrist, or even hang in the shower for the user’s convenience. The devices provide an immediate response to any emergency or problem. It is important to keep your device close to you 24-hours a day for quick access because any situation can become problematic.

The National Council on Aging published an article called Falls Prevention Facts which shows statistics for the types of falls seniors face daily. Please read this important article to learn the facts about falling and how it impacts your daily life.

For more information regarding Personal Emergency Response Systems, please read the Comprehensive Guide to Personal Emergency Response Systems.

Michelle Jackson is an Economic Security Team Member for MiCAFE as well as a MMAP counselor at Elder Law of Michigan. Michelle has been a member of the Elder Law of Michigan team since March 2013. As an Economic Security Team Member and MMAP counselor, Michelle assists Michigan seniors with benefit applications and serves as an advocate for the health and safety of seniors.