This course is a starting point for anyone who wants to know "Which emergency response system should I buy?".
Emergency response systems (medical alerts) are heavily marketed to
older adults and their families, but it is extremely hard to find
independent, objective analysis of what differentiates one from another.
After studying more than 50 of these products, we have found big
differences between individual products, and come to realize that
choosing the right product for a specific individual is about far more
than just price.
We have distilled the results of hundreds of hours of hands-on
evaluation, and lots of Googling of websites, into a series of bite-size
lectures. In less than an hour of total listening time, this course
will give you an introduction to this important but confusing product
From this course, you will learn about:
- What an emergency response system does and how it works, and for whom it might be useful;
- The different "flavors" of emergency response system and their strengths and weaknesses; and
- The four big decisions (about an older adult and their life style)
that let you decide which types of systems are right for that
Background to this course
Tech-enhanced Life is in the middle of a research project
studying personal emergency response systems (PERS) for older adults. We
want to answer questions like "Which emergency response (medical alert) is right for my parent, or for me?" And "Should I get an emergency response system, or not?"
In this course, we provide the results of the first part of this
research project. This introduction will give you the basic tools for
evaluating emergency response systems. In addition you will get an overview of our research project into
emergency response systems — including who is doing the work, how we are
doing it, and how the results will help people like you choose the
right emergency response system for a specific individual.
Tech-enhanced Life, PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation with the
mission of improving the quality of life of older adults and their
families. Our focus is on finding ways that clever, technology-enhanced
products can help overcome some of the challenges of aging, and
compensate for functional decline. So that older adults and their
families can spend more time doing what they love to do, and less time
dealing with problems and worrying.