"I've fallen and I can't get up, " remember that TV ad? Health Watch is one of the many systems available in the US to help people who are elderly or disabled be safer in their homes. I've been recommending this system for patients of mine for over 2 years now and for the most part I am very happy with it.
Basically, the system comes in two parts. The first part is a necklace with a button (think of a doorbell button) on it that most people wear around their neck. This is the part that you push if you fall and hurt youself or otherwise need help. The second part of the system is a box that in simple purposes is a speaker. When you push your button, someone from the response center talks through the speaker to ask if you are all right (kind of like a call bell in the hospital). If you do not answer or need help, this person calls the rescue squad and numbers of friends, family, neighbors or others that you have provided as contact people.
The system works GREAT. I highly recommend it for anyone who is frail, or unsteady on their feet and are left alone in their home.
But there are some cons: 1. The cost...some people simply can not afford a $30 to $40 bill each month. 2. It doesn't do you any good if you don't WEAR the button...if you fall and it is across the room on your dresser it is not doing you any good. 3. You have to have a "land line." In other words this system does not work on cell phones.