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    Personal security alert button thingy

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=17771066

    I have decided to get one of these. I'm usually out and about by myself and at home during the day with my infant grandson a lot. I have a cell phone but I don't have it within reach most times. I tripped and fell in my house last year and the phones were across the room. I was able to get up and sore for a while but it could have been otherwise. At first I thought this is for the very elderly who live alone and dismissed it as not for me. Now I think it's the greatest thing ever for anyone. Anyone have any experience with this product?
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    Get it! Anyone who is over 50 and alone a lot should have a backup! We had a friend who lived 30 miles out, nearest neighbor 4 miles away and he in his 70s! He slipped on ice while going to feed his goats one morning and was about a football field away from the base unit. He pressed the button and said his prayers because he didn't think it would work. He had a GOOD unit! The neighbors were called and they went over, found him and said YES, IT'S REAL! Our friend had a broken hip. He is now OK, remarried after being widowed a couple of years and life is good.

    You should do it for the fact that you take care of an infant frequently. It's not just you, but him also!! (As an aside, isn't it great having a grandbaby around?! We started "stealing" our when they reached about 18 months, and 15 years later we still "steal" them and go to museums, national parks, playgrounds, whatever.....

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    I purchased a phone with a button that you wear around your neck for my dad from Radio shack it was 50.00 It will call two people and if they do not answer it goes to 911. Much cheaper than a life alert system. No monthly fees and it does work he has accidently called me twice when he leaned on it.

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    What I like about this one is no base unit or out of range. That is the most important feature for me.
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    Our emergency/ambulance service has an alert system for our area that cost less than the Life Alert system. Check to see if your emergency/ambulance service has one before signing up for Life Alert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    What I like about this one is no base unit or out of range. That is the most important feature for me.
    I have been thinking about one of these. I ordered one last year that you had to set up in your house and a lot of things to do to get it ready to use and all that. I didn't even set it up - just sent it back. I've been seeing the ads for this one in the AARP magazine and it sounds like the way to go.

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    They are great if you are willing to push the button. my mother had one for years, yet the few times when she fell and needed help she didn't use it. didn't want to risk being taken to hospital.
    also, after talking to a sheriff's deputy, he said you are better off calling 911 if you can because the response time is better.
    IMO, they are a good thing though.

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    Sounds like a great idea, if you remember to wear it. How much is the monthly service? If you don't pay for the monthly service, can you still use it to call 911?

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    We have had two friends die...yes, DIE, because they fell and couldn't reach a phone and didn't have a gadget like this. The one died of dehydration after breaking her hip. She laid there for 3 days! What a painful death that must have been, and it could have been prevented.
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    I have one an I say get it. It will go where you go .not like the other just at home. And a lot cheaper.

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    I have thought about something like this because I don't carry my cell with me all the time. I am hoping to have a miracle happen and I find a place I can live by myself. If I ever do I will most certainly have one of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakermom View Post
    They are great if you are willing to push the button. my mother had one for years, yet the few times when she fell and needed help she didn't use it. didn't want to risk being taken to hospital.
    also, after talking to a sheriff's deputy, he said you are better off calling 911 if you can because the response time is better.
    IMO, they are a good thing though.
    That's my thinking, too. If you can push the button, fine. But my father in law just fell and was unconscious. Luckily I just happened in to his home right after it happened, but an alert with a button to push would have been useless. If you really want something secure, is try to find one of those motion sensor ones that will alert someone, even if the victim can't call.

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    It looks large to me....I think my cell phone is about that size.....just carry your cell phone!!!
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    My aunt wears one that is like a bracelet. It has saved her life a couple of times. Check around and see what's available in your area....stay safe!
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    My mom had one of the necklace kind but it bothered her when she went to bed so she took it off and put it on the
    nightstand...then when she got up to use the bathroom she fell and layed there all night unable to move. She was in a retirement community bldg and they heard her cries for help in the morning. I'm all for this kind of devise and think they are great, maybe rethink the night version...a soft bracelet or something...

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    Planning for the unexpected is just plain smart!

    I have a very smart friend who simply made a pocket for her cell phone and put it on a strap around her neck. How simple was that?!

    She got some funny looks and comments for awhile but now says she sees a lot of them at her senior activities :-)

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    My elderly neighbors have Life Alert. I am one of their 'Neighbors on Alert' - Two weeks ago, while home alone, the gentleman slipped out of his easy chair and could not get himself back up. He pressed his Life Alert button; they called me and I was able to help him back into his chair. His wife was out for much of the afternoon - he would have been stuck there for several hours if he didn't have this handy little item! (I should mention that I have keys to his house, too)

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    Medicaid paid for the one I have that has a base station. I've got a SPOT for when I leave the house. I'm usually with my husband when I'm out but the cell we have has lousy reception, but hey, it's free. The SPOT is a personal locator beacon that connects to a global satilite. Haven't had to use either but it's good to have them "just in case"

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    When our contract with a system (in home only) runs out we are going to get one of these also.

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    Get one it is well worth the money, especially if you are older and live alone. My cousin recommended it to me and stated that hers saved her life at least twice.
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