In our world of instant technology, we are fortunate to have many ways to stay in touch with the outside world: internet, telephones, cell phones, to name a few.  These are basic lifelines: we can call for help, report accidents, and access just about any kind of assistance that is needed and expect a speedy response.  The word “lifeline” has many definitions, one of them being “a line or rope for saving a life.”  We think of this type of line being thrown out of a boat, but another definition is “route or means of transportation or communication for receiving or delivering food, medicine, or assistance at a critical time.”

Persons who may need some type of medical alert device include those who are alone, elderly, disabled, or suffer from physical or emotional illness and depend on medical assistance in emergencies.  Medical alert systems restore confidence to those who desire to live alone and independently while offering their families the assurance that their medical needs will be met at all times.  Children who suffer from diabetes or epilepsy also benefit from these devices.

There are numerous types of warning systems that can be purchased or rented, or in some cases, furnished by county organizations, if the person qualifies.  Here are a few:

  • Medictag.  These usually come in the shape of jewelry, but furnish information of their medical condition.  Some have buttons built into them to call emergency services if needed.  Each individual’s needs help determine the precise functions that should be included in the device.
  • Medical Panic Button.  This can be placed in the home and even children can learn how to use it.  Some medical alert bracelets have the button alarm system on it.  The built-in button system also has a GPS tracking system, so it allows children or adults to carry on their day in a normal way, yet feel protected.
  • Bracelets, necklaces, watches.  Yes, all types of jewelry have the capability of saving someone’s life because that alarm system is manufactured inside.  That allows the person to look and feel just like everyone else, but they also know that their lives are in the hands of professionals that will answer the call.

Another “lifeline” we want to mention, are trained service dogs.  These furry animals are indeed “man’s best friends” in many ways.  Some are trained to sense disease and predict seizures.  They are able to detect certain cancers through the person’s breath.  Others sense body chemistry changes in their masters, and can warn them before a seizure happens.  They will bark for help, circle the person, remove dangerous objects to keep them from harming themselves and lie next to them to protect them.  They serve the blind, hearing impaired, emotionally disturbed, and even provide walking balance for those with movement disorders.  Our four-legged friends do all this while also providing comforting, lasting companionship.

If you or someone you know and love needs to make a decision regarding some type of medical assistance, be sure to do your research.  Most times your health professional can recommend the proper type of equipment that is needed.  Be sure it is a from a reputable company, as it truly may be your loved one’s “lifeline!”