5 Things to Consider When Buying a Personal Alarm
Thinking of buying a personal alarm for yourself or a loved one?
Before you buy one, it’s important to consider different factors first.
There are many kinds of personal alarm devices and systems, so it’s not always as simple as buying the first personal alarm you see.
If you want to end up with the right personal alarm for your needs, you should always consider the following factors:
1. Reason for Getting Personal Alarms
Your reason for getting a personal alarm can determine the type of device or system that’s right for you. Some personal alarms provide 24/7 monitoring, while others only work within a certain distance or space (e.g. home).
There are also personal alarms designed specifically for people living alone or working in isolated areas. By knowing why you want a personal alarm in the first place, you can narrow your choices and find the right one sooner.
2. Level of Features
Today’s personal alarms are more sophisticated than ever, providing tools and features that personal alarms from years ago could never provide. Aside from giving you instant alerts during emergencies, many of today’s personal alarms also offer features like two-way communication, automatic fall detection, GPS tracking, and geofencing alerts.
When shopping around for personal alarms, make sure you consider devices that provide the features you need and want.
3. Style / Configuration
One of the best things about modern personal alarms is that they come in a variety of styles. This allows you or your loved one to choose the most comfortable option. Aside from the standard pendant style of personal alarms, you’ll also find alarms with wristband or belt clip configurations.
Your goal should be to choose a style of personal alarm that will make it easier to use. The more comfortable you are with it, the more likely you’ll use it and have it when you need it.
Personal alarms come in a variety of prices. Before you buy a personal alarm, you need to consider not just its purchase price, but also any other fees or charges required to maintain it.
Some personal alarms are one-off purchases, while others require monthly fees to keep it running. Keep these expenses in mind when setting your budget for your personal alarm.
(On a side note, it’s worth knowing that in some cases, you can use the NDIS to purchase your personal alarm.)
5. Set up and Maintenance
Some personal alarm systems are more complicated than others. If you (or your loved one) are not particularly tech-savvy, then you need to make sure that you choose a personal alarm that’s easy to set up, use, and maintain.
Remember to also consider any integration that may be required with other monitoring systems and devices in your home.
Need Help Choosing the Right Personal Alarm?
If you’re having a hard time choosing the right personal alarm, feel free to contact us to get expert advice. We’re more than happy to help you decide what’s right for you based on the factors above.
You’re also welcome to browse our range of personal alarm devices to see different options and get a better idea of what type of personal alarms you can get.