We get asked all the time – what’s the difference between a safety alert and a medical alert?
Safety Alerts vs Medical Alerts
Safety alert bracelet, personal alarm, wearable alert, safety alert app, medical alerts – with all these different terms we often get asked to explain the difference.
A safety alert is for anyone at any time. No matter your age, stage, where you live, or what you do in your spare time, you can benefit from a safety alert. We all know that there are times when we are on our own and we feel a little vulnerable. A safety alert can help you contact help instantly and may be a personal alarm or a wearable alert such as the stylish Safelet alert bracelet with a connecting safety alert app.
Medical alert alarms help seniors and people with disabilities to continue enjoying their independence for longer. They are for people who have a specific medical condition or disability, such as heart issues, diabetes, mobility or dexterity issues. The medical alert alarm is often worn around the neck and can be easily pressed to alert emergency services if you have a fall or accident.*
*The Ministry of Social Development have a list of MSD-accredited as suppliers of monitored medical alarms for people seeking assistance with the cost of medical alarm services through the Disability Allowance.
Discreet vs Obvious
Safety alerts are usually discreet and, to the average person, may just look like a piece of jewellery or watch. If you were in a dangerous or sensitive situation, a safety alert allows you to alert people to your whereabouts silently and quickly – which is incredibly important.
Medical alerts have a different use, as they are for medical emergencies. Because of this, they do not have to be discreet or unassuming, the more obvious the better. The buttons are large and easy to access and press for the wearer or anyone who witnesses the medical incident.
Both medical alarms and safety alerts promote independence and remove the worry when we are on our own.
Medical alarms help elderly people and people with disabilities to continue enjoying their independence for longer.
Safety alerts help you remain independent and active without the worry whatever your age and stage. Whether you enjoy going for a walk, regularly take the bus or train, are moving out of home, live alone, regularly lock up the office or park your car a distance from your destination - at times we all feel a little vulnerable. A safety alert removes the worry so that you can do all the everyday things you want to do. Safe in the knowledge that you can get help if you need it.
How Do Safety Alerts or Medical Alarms Work?
The medical alert alarm is often worn around the neck and can be easily pressed to alert emergency services if you have a fall or accident. Depending on the medical alert provider, different emergency services or carers will be contacted.
Safety alerts such as the Safelet bracelet are worn on your wrist and with a simple press of a button, alerts your friends and family of your location and that you need help. At Safelet, we call these people your community of guardians. Like guardian angels ready to help when needed!