Which Personal Alarm Is Best For Me?
There are many different styles and brands of personal alarms on the market. If you are looking for one for yourself or for a loved one, it can be very daunting to choose one that suits your needs. When you are looking around at your options, here are a number of essential questions to ask yourself when looking for the best personal SOS alarm for you or loved one.
What is the SIZE of the alarm?
A personal alarm will most likely require part of the alarm to be worn on the person who is being protected. Consider if there is flexibly on how to wear the device (around the neck, on the wrist, on a belt) as well as how big the alarm is and if it needs two components. If you (or your loved one) want to remain active, a bigger device may not suit.
What is the COST of the alarm?
Personal alarms can vary considerably in price, depending on what features they have and where they come from. Consider what features are important to you then find a good price to work with your budget. Some companies will also allow you to pay in instalments or rent a device (just like the Jeenee Assist personal alarm). Consider your budget as well as if you are looking short or long term. Many alarms may have a monthly monitoring fee as well. Always check the fine print, as many alarm brands will claim not to have any ongoing charges but these may be included in the overall price or as part of an associated admin fee.
Who is on the OTHER END?
One big difference between many alarms is who the alarm will call when an emergency occurs. Some alarms will call a back to base service that will liaise with the person in need for you before calling you, while others allow you to nominate who the alarm calls. An alarm, like the Jeenee Assist, will allow you to nominate up to 5 contacts who will be called (in order) when the alarm button is pressed and the contacts will also be sent a text with your location when the emergency occurs. You can also include 000 as one of your contacts, so that help is always on hand.
Where can YOU GO with the alarm?
Another difference to consider between personal alarms is that some will be set up in your home and be connect to your home phone line or work with your NBN. You need to know the range where this style of alarm will work. Make sure the alarm is still in range when visiting the letterbox or putting out the washing. This style of SOS alarm is a good option for an elderly person who is bed bound. The second style of alarm is one that uses a mobile network/GPS technology, allowing you to leave your home and continue to live a full life with your alarm on hand. Make sure that the alarm in on a good mobile phone network such as the Optus Network, that covers 98.8% of Australia. You want to make sure that your personal alarm will always work when you need it.
Are you also looking for a COMMUNICATION tool?
You might also want to consider using your alarm as a communication tool, and give it a duel purpose. Some alarms can be used to connect you to one contact and speak via the alarm, like you would on a mobile phone. This is a great option for someone who isn’t used to, or doesn’t want to pay for, a mobile phone or land line. This is also a great option for seniors who like to travel around Australia (or kids who travel alone to school).
Where is their CUSTOMER SERVICE based?
Once you’ve done all your research and you’ve narrowed your choice to 2 or 3 alarms, you might want to consider who you are buying from. Can you be confident that if there is a problem, you’ll be able to speak to a real person right here in Australia?
For example, the Jeenee Assist comes from Jeenee Mobile. We are an Australian owned company who has a local customer service team. Our heritage is based in helping people with disabilities and we pride ourselves on offering personalised service and making a difference.
If you are looking for a personal alarm for the elderly person in your life or for yourself, so that you can feel confident and safe, make sure you ask yourself all the above questions.
A personal alarm doesn’t need to be something that holds you back, rather having a safety alarm can help you to live life to the fullest.