3 Ways To Overcome Resistance to Medical Alert Systems

3 Ways to Overcome Resistance to Medical Alert Systems

by Charlie Kimball · 0 comments

A difficult part of being a caregiver to aging loved ones is helping them deal with their changing bodies and minds. We’ve heard many stories about how Grandma or Grandpa didn’t want to wear their medical alert systems button because they didn’t think that they needed it, even though it could save their life.

The best way to overcome the resistance to wearing a medical alert systems button is to talk about your feelings and love for them. Let’s look at some proven ways to get your loved one board to use their medical alert systems:

Compassion and Understanding

You’re worried about your parents or grandparents having a bad fall.  You’ve noticed that your loved ones are taking more medications and are sometimes a little more ‘forgetful’ than they once were.  You’re concerned, but want your loved one to keep living independently for as long as possible.


You know why you want to get a medical alert system for your loved one, but take a look at where your loved ones are coming from.  They might truly be fearful that they are getting older. Having a medical alert system is a symbol of that.

Showing your sympathy and compassion for their situation, one that you may be in yourself one day, will go a long way to helping them accept the situation. Start a dialog with them. Taking a walk in their shoes can be a valuable experience.

Show the Facts

Your mom or dad may believe that they are still in perfect health, but there are certain realities that are part and parcel of being older.  Older people are not only hospitalized for more falls, but their average stays are longer than that of younger people with equivalent accidents.

Medical alert systems are designed to minimize the effects of falling and other accidents. If people can get help during the ‘golden hour’ that happens right after an accident, the recovery rate is much faster and with a better outcome.

Demonstrate Cost Efficiency

For those penny pinching parents out there, they might believe that the cost of a medical alert system is not within their personal budget, or that you’re taking a huge burden on if you are paying for it.

Yet the cost for an extended hospital stay due to a delay in medical assistance can be much more than the cost of a medical alert bracelet. A single trip to the ER typically comes with a $250 co-pay.  Medical alert systems cost around $1 a day, so the cost of this safety net is much less than the cost of something bad happening without one. While some people never have to use their medical alert systems, it has proven to be priceless in times of emergency.  How much is your peace of mind worth?

These are just a few of the excuses that parents and grandparents will use to avoid using a medical alert bracelet. However, there’s no excuse for poor safety. One slip of the ankle can mean months or years of rehabilitation. Can the people you love afford not to have medical alert systems?


Article by Charlie Kimball from MedicalCareAlert.com

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