on the threshold of a dream
Lee... I'm afraid I don't have the name of the system we went with for my Dad - both equipment and paperwork are at his house (and my memory's not so great *G*)
But... I can tell you some things about it. He didn't want a system that automatically dialed 911 - and frankly, with him living out in the country, neither did we. We needed something more immediate.
He wore a button on a cord around his neck. If he needed help, he pressed on that button and the system started dialing 5 phone numbers that we'd chosen and programmed into it - in the order we'd chosen. It would continue to dial those numbers, rolling from one to another, until someone answered. The stationary unit had a speaker system so that when someone answered, he could speak from whereever he was and the caller could hear - the unit also broadcast the caller's voice without him having to answer the phone. In case he couldn't speak, my sister programmed a message that would tell anyone answering that call who and where he was and that he needed help immediately.
We programmed in my sister's number and mine and those of 2 of his closest neighbors and used 911 as the 5th number... a last resort in case no one else answered. But out of the 4 of us, someone always did.
It had a range of 1/4 mile, which pretty much protected him all over the farm. He was mad because it didn't work once when he fell... but he was almost 2 miles away from the base unit! *S*
Like I said... that doesn't give you the brand... but things we considered were 1) whether the button was waterproof or at least water resistant in case he wore it into the shower 2) what kind of range the system offered - how close did he have to be to the base unit for it to work 3) who would be monitoring for any calls he might make - some of the systems notify 911, others dial into their company which in turn notifies 911... in our case, we chose to do the monitoring ourselves by programming in our cell numbers and keeping those phones with us, plus enlisting the help of some neighbors and using 911 only in case none of us could answer (which actually made him use the system more than he would have if he'd thought strangers would be responding) We also looked for a system that had a long-lasting battery backup, in case his electricity failed.
I'd say the most important thing is to get something that the person who'll be using it is comfortable with... otherwise, you're asking for them to "forget" to wear their button. *S*