We’re all familiar with those home monitoring systems made famous by the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercials. We’ve been conditioned to see senior citizens and people with health conditions as home-bound. The MobileHelp company recognizes that many people are still active and mobile despite a health problem, and they have introduced a portable personal emergency response product that works inside or outside the home. The mobile unit connects through AT&T’s cellular system (service included) to establish two-way communications with the MobileHelp monitoring services; simply wear this unit on your belt or keep it in your purse. The mobile unit uses GPS technology to transmit your location. There’s also a water-proof pendant (that can be worn in the shower or at the beach) and even a wristwatch with help buttons that can be used to activate the mobile unit when help is needed. If you have a landline, you can also use a home station with the system. You don’t have to buy the equipment – it’s provided as part of the service, and the equipment must be returned to cancel. There are no contracts required; you can pay by the month ($39.95/month + $99 one-time activation fee), quarterly ($119.85/quarter + $49 one-time activation fee), or yearly ($419.40, and no activation fee). Caregiver tools are included with the MobileHelp service. You will be notified by email in the event of an emergency, and you can quickly locate the monitor via online maps. The caregiver tools are compatible with smartphones. See the MobileHelp website for more information.
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