According to the Centers for Disease Control, chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Six in ten adults in the U.S. have a chronic disease and four in ten adults have two or more. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Additional findings show that…
- Every second of every day in the U.S. an older adult (age 65+) falls
- Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall
- Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall A full 80% of falls among seniors occur in the bathroom
- The average cost for treating a fall exceeds $30,000
Simply put, a medical alert device can provide safety, independence and peace of mind to anyone who lives alone, is vulnerable to falls, or has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition.
SO, WHAT IS A MEDICAL ALERT OR PERS DEVICE?
The Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities describes a personal emergency response system (PERS) as a device that allows a person at risk to get immediate help in the event of an emergency. A PERS or medical alert device is monitored by care specialists with knowledge of the client’s name, location, medical history, family contacts and practical details such as pets and how to access the residence. A PERS device with fall-detection can notify the monitoring center in the event of a fall, even if the client cannot press the emergency button. A mobile PERS with GPS can track the client to monitor their location. Emergency medical services are immediately dispatched to the client’s location when they need help.
WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
Both mobile and stationary PERS supply clients with a help button they can press to summon help. Mobile PERS are battery operated and utilize cellular networks to connect to the monitoring center. As a result, they can work anywhere in the U.S. there is cellular service. Mobile PERS also provide GPS signals that allow caregivers to track client locations. Mobile PERS are typically worn as pendants, but PERS smart watches are also available. Some pendants and smart watches are equipped with fall detection sensors that can activate the PERS if the client experiences a hard fall.
Stationary PERS are table-top units designed to work in the home and are powered by household current. Some stationary PERS utilize landline connections and others use cellular networks to connect to the monitoring center. All stationary PERS have backup batteries in the event of a power loss. A client with stationary PERS can use a wristband help button or pendent help button to summon help. Wristband help buttons generally don’t offer fall detection due to the higher risk of false activations. All PERS help buttons are water resistant and can be worn in the shower (these descriptions are valid per the SeaCure Solutions products, please enquire to get the specifications you need if using another provider.)
PERS services are generally covered through Medicaid and some long-term insurance plans, but Medicare does not yet cover the cost of PERS. It’s important to check with your insurance company to determine if PERS services are covered under your plan.
SeaCure Solutions charges a one-time setup and programming fee of $99.00 at installation. Clients with an annual payment plan receive a free lockbox during installation and a 5% discount on lease charges. PERS units from SeaCure Solutions are leased to the client and must be returned when no longer needed.
After being in the hospital and rehab unit for 2 weeks, I know how lonely a person can be. With my PERS pendent I know that I have
help at the push of a button. SeaCure Solutions provides peace of mind and security as I grow older. Thank you, -Beverly D.
WHAT SETS US APART FROM OUR COMPETITORS?
SeaCure Solutions is a local company based in Lewes, Delaware and provides in-home service to its customers. This allows for timely delivery of equipment and guarantees that each medical alert system is fully operational and meets the client’s needs. Medical alert systems can be shipped to clients under special circumstances (such as COVID-19 restrictions) but are typically set up and programmed at the residence.
SeaCure Solutions derives its name from our coastal surroundings and commitment to peace of mind through safety and security initiatives. The company specializes in Personal Emergency Response
Systems, also known as Medical Alert Devices and other risk management strategies to support senior populations, lone workers such as realtors, children, and anyone with special needs. Medical alert systems cost less than $1.00 dollar a day and can be covered in part by Medicaid and/or medical insurance.
SeaCure Solutions is owned and operated by Dennis & Gayle Jones, local residents of Milton, DE. Gayle is a licensed Independent Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 35 years’ experience as an RN. Dennis is an independent security consultant with over 30 years’ experience in law enforcement and security operations. Their credentials, combined experience and commitment to helping others make them uniquely qualified to address the safety and security needs of vulnerable populations in the
state of Delaware.