I live alone and am a ‘senior citizen’ – I am 92. I take good care of myself and am independent. My three adult children live in the state but not in Phoenix. They worry about me and want me to get one of those necklace alert buttons and said they will pay for it. While I have fallen a few times, I don’t think I need to take such a drastic step and wear this kind of device as I do not have any serious health problems. Help me convince them I don’t need it and that this is an unnecessary expense. – Bentley
First, good for you that you are self sufficient and independent at 92! And may that continue for many more years.
I understand your desire for independence AND I also understand the concerns of your children, especially considering they do not live nearby.
Do you have insurance on your car and home? And what does that give you? For many people, it offers peace of mind and a ‘safety net’ for the possibility that something could happen to jeopardize or damage that which you have insured. As such, it also affords you financial resources to repair, replace or meet your needs of not having your things available to you as needed.
The emergency alert necklaces and bracelets function in much the same way in terms of providing help if and when needed. When activated, which is as simple as tapping them, the response is swift, often within a minute. You would be contacted via the device to identify the nature of the emergency and send help if needed. If you could not respond, emergency personal would be contacted to come to your aid as well as people you identified as emergency contacts. I do not want to frighten you but I know people who lived alone, fell far from any telephone and suffered for days before someone checked on them. The health aftermath was much more serious than it would have been had help been available immediately.
An important note, the device is only helpful if you used as directed. I heard of a woman who had it, and kept it handing on her nightstand beside the phone. Both were useless to her when she fell in her garage.
My suggestion, get the alert device. Let your kids pay for it and accept the peace of mind of a 24/7 on-call service available if needed. That’s what insurance is all about.