Medical alert systems are 24-hours- a-day/seven-days-a-week monitoring services for frail elders and people with disabilities. The system typically hooks into a person's phone system. Installation costs vary from company to company, as do monthly monitoring fees. When considering a personal emergency response system, it may be useful to ask system representatives the following questions:
In the BC Capital Region, the Seniors’ Services Directory and the Family Caregivers’ Network provide a listing of and contact information for medical alert systems. As well, your regional health authority (Community Health Programs) may maintain and be able to provide you with a listing of these services.