The Optimal Ways to Wear your Medical Alert Device

By: Stefanie Jean


A modern wearable medical alert device usually comes as a medical alert bracelet or a medical alert necklace pendant, so the answer to the question of “Where should I wear my medical alert” is somewhat moot. Depending on the personal preference of the wearer, a medical alert device can be worn on the wrist (as a bracelet), around the neck (as a necklace pendant) or as a belt clip-on. And all these choices are good and no single choice is inferior from the other. Having said that, however, despite the fact that medical alert devices have a “unisex” design, men and women seem to have a general difference in preference for wearing them: most men prefer to wear the bracelet medical alert, whereas most women like the pendant design. Whichever may be the preferred mode of wearing the medical alert, there should be no deterioration in efficiency and a top-notch medical alert device should always be able to function according to optimum specifications.

Medical alert devices are so designed in order not to attract too much attention and also to blend well with an individual’s sense of style or fashion, regardless of the individual’s age. It can even be considered trendy—there are medical alert device manufacturers that go to great lengths to imbue their products with modern designs that wearers may actually like.

Furthermore, the latest medical alert devices make full use of state-of-the-art hypoallergenic materials—even individuals with a history of various allergies can safely wear these devices. If you are not sure, check it out with the provider.

Depending on the manufacturer, the typical medical alert is usually waterproof—the wearer can safely take a shower or soak up in the tub without having to remove them. This waterproof design is important because, if there is any lesson medical personnel have learned in the past several decades, it is that most fatal or near-fatal accidents happen in the shower, especially among the elderly. The slippery tiles in the bathroom or even the tub itself—normally innocuous things—become factors of high risk for the frail senior who tries to use the bathroom. That is why the innovation to make such wearable medical alert devices completely waterproof is understandable from a functional perspective.

The typical medical alert necklace or bracelet functions as a sort of a panic button—when an accident happens, and the wearer only has to press the button and a two-way communication is established between the wearer and the response center, usually through the included base unit.

In a typical setup, a single press of the button instantly alerts the provider’s response center, which in turn will quickly assess if the wearer needs the assistance of emergency medical personnel or if it is better to go through a definite list of contacts according to priority. In most cases, every concerned person near the vicinity of the wearer in distress will be immediately contacted through all means necessary.

These wearable medical alert devices are constantly wirelessly connected to the base unit, and the wireless range varies, from the measly 100 feet to as wide as more than a thousand feet—obviously more than enough for an ordinary household (although not if you live in a horse ranch, but that’s another matter).

The bottom line is that as long as the wearable medical alert device is worn according to directions, it is considered optimal. Some providers understand that a wearer may at times get tired of the usual way they wear the medical alert—they might later want to switch to a necklace medical alert system, and vice versa. In such cases you can easily contact the medical alert system provider for a “conversion kit” for a minimal fee.

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