Fall Alert Your Guide to Medical Alerts

Be involved in your mom’s medical alert search!

by admin on September 23, 2013

For many families, searching for an emergency service like this for mom is a family endeavor. Often the kids will share the responsibility of calling different medical alert companies, one will place the order, and they will make a plan to share the future bills. While this is nice, not every family is so involved. You know your mom best. You know her situation and you know whether she’s able to navigate the task of finding and ordering a great service. Many seniors are fully capable of getting information, ordering with a good, reliable company, and even setting up their own system. But I’m always surprised when I hear of families whose mother needed help, but had to do the online shopping all by herself. The medical alert market is an incredibly tricky one to navigate. There are a lot of good companies out there, and then there are those who prey on seniors with aggressive, unfair sales tactics. Many of these companies call you back again and again whether you asked them to follow up or not. I’ve heard of situations where a company calls, and the senior, who has decided on a company but not ordered, asks if the caller if from the company that they had liked. Rather than being honest, the aggressive salesperson says “yes, that’s us” and takes the order. If your mom is not used to shopping online, or has never encountered aggressive sales techniques like this, it may be a smart idea for you or one of your siblings to help her out. Again, there are a lot of good companies out there, and they are not that hard to find. But on the flip side, there are a number of aggressive companies to avoid. Trust me, you’ll know what I mean after you make a few calls!

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