• Nicole Flanigan

PERS Devices for the Chronically Ill or Injured

A Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) is an excellent tool for anyone who spends time on their own, even while they are under supervision at the hospital or in a senior care facility. When people think about PERS devices, they usually think about the elderly. PERS devices are common among the aging population and in senior care centers due to their emergency nature. However, they are worth having for many other types of people, including the chronically ill or injured. Here's why you should consider a PERS device if you or a loved one suffers from a chronic condition.


1. PERS devices are simple to operate, even without the use of your hands.

For many chronically ill or injured patients, PERS devices are useful because they are simple in design and typically only require the ability to push a button. Some PERS devices, such as our Emergency Wall Communicator for the Caretaker Sentry and the FreedomAlert systems, are large enough to be pressed with a forehead or elbow in the event that the patient can't use their hands, such as in the case of a spinal cord injury.


2. PERS devices can be used to call for help, even in non-emergencies

Some patients rely heavily on PERS devices to get ahold of their caretakers in a non-emergency situation. Many chronically ill or injured patients require daily assistance, such as moving in and out of bed, calling for meals, getting help going to the bathroom or just changing the channel on the TV. Having a PERS device handy can make it easy for that patient to ping for service while in the home. These devices can also call 911 in an actual emergency relating to the chronic condition.


3. PERS devices can call a caretaker, friend, neighbor, family member, or 911.

Many PERS devices can be programmed to call a specific person instead of defaulting to 911. This is a handy feature for people that take care of someone with a chronic illness or injury in their home. It helps the patient to communicate, but it also allows the person taking care of them to leave them unattended for a short period of time and know that they are okay because the patient can still get ahold of their next door neighbor or close friend in an emergency relating to their condition.


4. PERS devices are helpful for the people who take care of someone chronically ill or injured

While PERS are helpful for people who live with chronic conditions, they are also useful for the people who manage and take care of them. As another example, caretakers at senior care facilities rely on PERS devices because they can use the device to communicate directly with a patient. By speaking to the patient, they can determine their needs and decide if it's urgent or not. They can also assign and delegate tasks to different nurses to ensure that everyone's needs are always met.


Final Thoughts

There are plenty of great reasons to utilize a PERS device if you or a loved one suffer from a chronic illness or chronic injury. If you're currently in the market, we highly suggest our FreedomAlert system. The FreedomAlert system is an excellent choice for people managing a chronic condition from their own home. It is capable of programming multiple contact numbers and calling 911. Its two-way voice pendant allows you to talk to the patient directly through the device which can be worn around the neck or on a belt loop or tucked securely away in a pocket. Best of all, the Emergency Wall Communicator (an accessory for the FreedomAlert) makes it possible to operate the device even when the patient can't use his or her hands. If you'd like to learn more about our devices and how they help people be sure to get in touch with us today!

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