2. If there's a trial period
3. Cancellation/return policy: read the fine print. Among other things, it seems some people have signed a 3-year contract without realizing it can't be broken, short of death.
4. Ease of installation
5. The range (will the button work if I fall in the laundry room?)
6. If a hearing aid is compromised due to a fall, can the fall victim hear the monitor's voice?
7. How--and how often--the "alert" pendant is tested
8. Whether the alert/alarm signal goes directly to a trained person, is outsourced, or goes to a central place then redirected to a trained person.
9. Portability. If going to Florida, for example, is it easy to take along?
List of companies concludes on Saturday. The details for each company will be posted on my new site, in the same way I'm posting them today. Clearly a lot of thought should go into the purchase of an alert system. The implications for helping parents age well are great, especially for those who live alone.