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Looking for a Great Gift for Mother’s or Father’s Day?

Are you a caregiver who is looking for “The Perfect Gift” for your aging mom and/or dad?  Are they independent, but you worry about their home safety?  Do you know that a medic alert system can bring you (and them) peace of mind?  

Around the Clock Medical Alarms is a nationwide provider of the Personal Emergency Response (PERS) device.  They are able to help you to help them to never be alone and to be able to get help any day, time, or reason — 24/7, 365, even if they cannot speak!  

Unlike many of our competitors, we do not have a contract and your loved one can use our service for as little or much as they need.  “None of us have a time ticker or a crystal ball to know how long we might need this kind of service,” states owner, Linda Bass.  “To ask a senior to commit to a long-term contractual obligation is just wrong on so many levels!”  

Following are some of the FAQ’s that we have encountered over the last 9 years in business:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long do I have to sign up for?

There is NO long term commitment with our system. You’re only required to keep the system for 1 month. After that you can send it back any time for any reason and there is NO cancellation penalty.

Is there a Contract?

There are no long-term contracts. Your Around the Clock Medical Alarms service is able to be cancelled at any time. You will be asked to sign our monitoring agreement after ordering, but this agreement states that your service is simply on an month-to-month basis.

Will the monthly rate ever go up?

Absolutely NOT! With us, the price you pay when joining our service will be locked in. You could have it 20 years and it will never increase!

Which price plan is right for me?

Our most popular plan is Quarterly. However, we have the variety of plans to best meet your financial needs. It is recommended that you set up automatic payments on your account through credit card or bank automatic withdrawals.

Are there any funding sources available?

Yes, some long-term care policies can cover the cost of our service.  Additionally, the VA Aid and Attendance pension plan (for wartime veterans and/or their surviving spouse) can provide the service as well.  

Around the Clock Medical Alarms is honored to serve wartime veterans and/or their surviving spouses to stay safe in their homes by providing a PERS (Personal Emergency Response System) that can be paid for through the little-known VA Aid and Attendance Pension.  This system can provide an extension to home care, by bringing peace of mind that our aging heroes are never alone — and that they can get help any day, any time, any reason — even if they cannot speak!  

This Department of Veterans Affairs pension (VA Non-Service Connected Pension with Aid and Attendance Benefit) provides personal care services through home care to veterans and/or surviving spouses, so they can remain in their own home, which is where they want to be.  Subsequently, it can also be used to pay for a medic alert device, as well as assisted living, if, and/or when, they are no longer able to maintain their independence in their own homes.  

Is the button waterproof?

YES, the button is 100% waterproof. It can be worn in the shower or tub. This is very important because a majority of falls occur in the bathroom on wet, slippery surfaces.

What is the range/distance the button will work from the base unit?

Up to 600 feet away, that’s the length of 2 football fields. It’s designed for our clients who have VERY large backyards.

Does it automatically detect a fall?

Yes, there is a fall detection pendant available.  Please note:  ActivePERS technology does not detect falls with perfect accuracy or precision.  IF YOU NEED HELP, YOU MUST ALWAYS PUSH THE HELP BUTTON on your wearable device or base unit.

Is the equipment hard to install or set up?

No, it’s very easy. In fact, most of our clients do it themselves. It’s like plugging in an answering machine. It simply plugs into the phone jack in the wall and the power outlet. If you have any trouble at all, you’ll call our customer service number (which comes with the system) and we’ll walk you through it.

Can I take the system with me if I move, or go to my winter home (or any 2nd residence)?

YES, many of our clients move or have duel residences so it’s quite common. You just bring the system with you. When you get to the new residence, you’ll let us know the new address and phone number and we’ll get everything switched over immediately.

How will emergency personnel gain access to my home?

There are a few options to gain access to the home. 1st option is to hide a key outside the house. You will give us the location of the key to keep on file and our monitoring station would dispatch the location of the key to emergency personnel. 2nd option would be a lockbox, like the home realtors use. It hangs around the front door and secures a key inside of it protected by a 4 digit combination. We would keep that code on file and dispatch the code to emergency personnel as well. A 3rd option would be to give a key to a neighbor or someone close by who we could call in an emergency. A final option would be having the paramedics bypass the lock to gain access into your home.

Will the operator be able to hear me anywhere in my home?

The system is designed to cover a person’s voice throughout 2500-3000 square feet. It’s made to cover a large 2 story home with a basement. The speaker amplifies up to 20 times a normal speaker telephone.

What if I am outside, can the operator hear me there?

No, most likely not. But remember, if in any scenario the operator cannot hear you, they don’t take any chances. The care specialist will send the paramedics to your home and begin calling your emergency list of family and friends to let them know an emergency has taken place. If you would like a different protocol set, we can do that for you.

What kind of personal information do you keep on file?

You will fill out a form that comes with the system. We keep medications, medical history, doctor information, hospital preference, and additional information that might be good to know in an emergency.

Does your system work with VoIP or cable phones?

YES, our advanced system is actually the FIRST in the country to work with VoIP or cable phones. It’s actually one of the questions we ask while taking your order. We will program the system to work with VoIP or cable phone before we send it out to you.

Do I have to have a “land line” phone for the service?

No, not at all. The cellular unit has all the features of the advanced unit, without requiring a “land line.” It does, however, require reliable cell phone signal.

What about protection away from my home?

A Mobile GPS unit is available. This device is designed for individuals who are always “on the go!”

How are services cancelled?

After the first month, you are free to cancel services at any time! The equipment must be returned to Around the Clock Medical Alarms to formally close out your account. If you need to cancel, please give us a call so that we can give you complete instructions on returning our equipment.

Additional questions?  Please don’t hesitate to give us a call, so that we might be able to answer those as well.  If you are looking for a great gift idea, or find that this system can be a solution to your problems of helping your aging grandparents, parents, neighbors, or others to maintain their safety and independence, we would be honored to protect them with an Around the Clock Medical Alarms system!

If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing a Medical Alarms in St. Louis, MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566

Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO: Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America

On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, Les and Linda were honored to volunteer for the National Wreaths Across America Day at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

The event places veterans’ wreaths on the headstones of American Heroes. 

It was an honor and privilege to thank those who sacrificed and served for our freedom. 

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Around the Clock Medical Alarms is honored to serve wartime veterans and/or their surviving spouses to stay safe in their homes by providing a PERS (Personal Emergency Response System) that can be paid for through the little-known VA Aid and Attendance Pension.  This system can provide an extension to home care, by bringing peace of mind that our aging heroes are never alone — and that they can get help any day, any time, any reason — even if they cannot speak!  

This Department of Veterans Affairs pension (VA Non-Service Connected Pension with Aid and Attendance Benefit) provides personal care services through home care to veterans and/or surviving spouses, so they can remain in their own home, which is where they want to be.  Subsequently, it can also be used to pay for assisted living, if, and/or when, they are no longer able to maintain their independence in their own homes.  

Call 877-449-5566 or visit online for questions regarding the Aid and Attendance Pension and/or “life alert” type system provided through Around the Clock Medical Alarms.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566

Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO: 2020 Torch Award

We are humbled…. Thank you!

Last week, we received the following note from a clients daughter — “BIG CONGRATS on your recent business award! You are the Best!” – Tammy S., daughter, MO

Today, we received this FaceBook post from the spouse of a previous client — “Congrats on your BBB Torch Award!  The community is better off with you and your organization in it. Thank you for setting a positive example for other business owners in the community and the willingness to set the bar with self regulations and taking care of your clients.  Cheers to much success for years to come!” – Ed W., husband, MO

In between, we received the following note from the daughter of another one of our clients — “My Father died November 18 this year and we are returning his medical alarm equipment to you. Thank you for the help and ease of mind your service provided while he was alive.” – Sarah O., daughter, Missouri

THIS is WHY we do what we do!

We are truly humbled to be a recipient of the 2020 TORCH Award from the Better Business Bureau!

https://www.bbb.org/us/mo/cpe-girardeau/profile/medical-alert-systems/around-the-clock-medical-alarms-0734-310488924

Let us help you to protect your aging, or ill, loved one(s) with a #MedicAlert system from AroundTheClockMedicalAlarms.com

If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566

Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO: Grateful For Senior

Being Grateful For Your Senior Adult — The “Gift Of Time” Is Priceless!

In this time of social distancing, remote learning and meetings, washing and sanitizing EVERYTHING, we have basically been forced to change virtually every part of our former lifestyle. But in this time of change, please give thanks for our many blessings and remember our Senior adults.

For the most part, many of them have seen far worse than the troubles of today. They have experienced wars, “Great Depressions,” famines, and yes, even a possible pandemic in their lifetime. They all have been introduced, firsthand, to death and loss. It is very important to note that at this stage in their life, NOTHING is more important to them than friends and family. It is the social interaction with friends and family that fuels their drive to thrive.

For those that still have living parents, and are reading this, reach out to them OFTEN and just share some time with them. For those of us whose parents are gone, “adopt” a Senior adult who might not have family nearby, or who has little to no regular contact with others. It takes just a few minutes to be kind, share a memory, or some food or other resources. But most importantly, share love and care for them. They need this as much as, if not more than, air to breathe and food to eat.

To a Senior adult, ISOLATION is a cruel punishment for a crime that was never committed. And perhaps far worse, a sentence that has no foreseeable end from where we stand today. “In-person visits” are likely forbidden, so be creative. You can be a pen pal and write to them. You can send pictures or music. You can use Facetime or Skype to share time with them. Do whatever is necessary to break their isolation and lift their spirits. Your reward is that you may very well see them smile, laugh, cry, or simply LIVE again. Perhaps they will, at least for a short time, forget the isolation they are forced to endure.

Everyone reading this article has what is needed to invest in a Senior adult — TIME. We are all so busy with life, yet we must not be so busy that the ones who built all that we have surrounding us, (all of the freedoms we enjoy, the life we are able to choose to live), go without our investment of TIME. The precious commodity that each of us, in turn, will see grow in importance and value with each passing day. I ask you to invest in a Senior adult before it is too late and the opportunity is gone for good. You will be AMAZED at the return on your investment.

Les Tainter
Regional Manager

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566

 

 

They Came Even Though I Was Not Able to Respond…

I would like to tell you some things about having a medical alarm system. I had heard about them for years but never thought about getting one. My son and nephew changed my mind, they said, “You are getting one!” My nephew contacted Around the Clock Medical Alarms.

When I called them, they explained all that it could do for me, so I decided to take it. Just to let you know, I consider them wonderful friends now.

A few weeks ago, I went out the back door onto the patio, started back in, and the door was locked. Here I was out without a coat and it was a cool morning. I know all other doors and windows were locked. I pushed the button on my Medical Alert, but couldn’t hear them answer. I thought it doesn’t work…. I ran to my neighbor across the street, she came to the door and wanted to know what I was doing out there. I said, “I’m locked out of the house”. I went in to call my nephew, who has keys, and had just sat down when I saw a truck with 2 men pull up in front of my house. Out I ran home. The men wanted to know if I lived there. I said “yes, and I’m locked out!” They were from the Rescue Squad and had gotten a call from my Medical Alarm that something was wrong at my home, since I didn’t answer them back. In just a minute here came the ambulance, but it wasn’t needed. Thank goodness. They got my storm door unlocked and I was able to get back in my house. I wouldn’t do without my Around the Clock Medical Alarm. ~ Lou K., Missouri

 

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Personal emergency response system in South County MO: Senior Falls

Why A Medical Alert System Is Worth Taking Seriously

Did you know that 1 of every 3 seniors, aged 65 or older, will have a fall this year? Do you know that 80% of all falls occur within or immediately around a person’s home? Have you (or someone you know) fallen and laid there for hours or days, because you were unable to get help?

These questions give great concern to Linda Bass, as long-time southeast Missouri resident and owner of Around the Clock Medical Alarms.

In 1972, Linda’s mother died and she was “adopted” by her retired grandparents. This situation is more prevalent in today’s society, but was unheard of at that time. As the primary caregiver for her grandparents, Linda lived the same challenges that families face today in helping to care for their aging loved ones. She has worked her entire adult life in the medical field by working in various capacities in hospital settings and medical offices, was owner of Comfort Keepers in Cape Girardeau, MO from 2000-2005, and was a marketing representative for two local hospice agencies. It is obvious that she has a special affinity for the elderly.

“I know that I worried when my grandparents did not answer the telephone, because my mind always went to the unthinkable….”, states Bass. In 2012, her father-in-law suffered from COPD and heart issues. Again, she found herself facing those same kind of fears, because he was alone during the day. “What if…worried me!”

After exploring the local options available, she found that none could meet her dads needs. Due to the size of the pendant, she knew he would not wear it. additionally, she found that some providers have limited service areas. “That,” says Bass, “is when I decided to explore other options and eventually started Around the Clock Medical Alarms. I needed to feel security that Dad was okay to be alone while I was at work. A medical alarm could help me to feel better about that situation.”

According to Ruth Dockins, former public information director at Aging Matters, (previously Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging), “If you live alone or are concerned about elderly loved ones who still live at home, a medical alert system is worth taking seriously. The thing I would look for is one where you didn’t have to sign a contract”, she says. “One where you can pay on a monthly basis and there is no contract and no hookup fees. One where I could just bring into the house and turn it on. I would want one that was answered by a live person.”

Around the Clock Medical Alarms is just what Linda and Ruth ordered. Since they are a nationwide provider, they can help anyone, anywhere in the U.S. and have rate plans to meet any budget. NO contract means that it can be used on a short-term basis — even post operatively! “No one has a time ticker or a crystal ball,” muses Bass. “So, how can an elderly or ill person be asked to commit to a 3 year contract? This is just unreasonable!”

Bass concludes, “My goal is to help provide my clients (and their families) the peace of mind knowing that help is available at the push of a button 24/7, 365 — regardless of whether they can speak or not — Around the Clock.”

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering choosing Medical Alarms in St. Louis MO, please contact the friendly staff at Around The Clock Medical Alarms.
Call Us: 877.449.5566

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Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves….

A Medical Alert is NOT ONLY for an Elder Person Who Falls!

Worry Free

Worrying about an elderly loved one or one that suffers from a chronic illness is normal. Reduce your anxiety with state-of-the-art medical alert systems from Around the Clock Medical Alarms in Cape Girardeau, MO. These products make it safer for elderly or ill individuals to live independently in their own homes, giving their loved ones peace of mind.

Stay Safe

Keep your loved one safe and sound with this medical alert system. Their small and discreet personal help button can be worn as a bracelet or a necklace. When your loved one presses the panic button, they will immediately be put in touch with the response center, and the responder will stay in contact with the user until help has arrived. All equipment, including medical alert bracelets and necklaces and the cellular or landline base units, comes with a lifetime warranty. Feel free to ask about monitored and unmonitored medication dispensers as well.

EMD Certified Response

Their emergency response center prides themselves on the qualifications of their staff, all of whom are trained and certified Emergency Medical Dispatch specialists, who are available 24/7, 365. All responders are prompt with their communication, answering all calls within 22 seconds and alerting police, the fire department, and family and friends, depending on the situation. They can also transfer you to a language line that features translators in over 150 languages. 

Peace of Mind

Give yourself and your loved ones true peace of mind with a medical alert system from Around the Clock Medical Alarms. Visit them online or call (877) 449-5566 for more information.

                               

Around The Clock Medical Alarms

1353 N Mount Auburn Rd

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Direct:  (573) 334-7233 or Toll Free:  (877) 449-5566

https://www.aroundtheclockmedicalalarms.com

Business Hours:

Mon 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tue 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wed 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thu 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fri 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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What You Should Know Before Buying a Medical Alarm

Medical alarms aren’t just for the elderly who fall. If a loved one in your family has been recently diagnosed with a medical illness, injured, or undergone surgery, an alert system is a smart investment in their safety, security and recovery. Knowing they can get help when needed provides the assurance they need to continue living independently. Find out what to consider when shopping for a medical alarm below.

How They Work

medical alarmThe system user wears a personal help button (PHB) as a necklace or bracelet. If they need assistance, they push the alarm’s panic button.  All Around the Clock Medical Alarms subscribers are immediately connected to a monitoring member of a team of certified Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD) who are able to dispatch your family, friends, fire, ambulance and/or police to respond to any emergency situation. The system allows for fast action and ensures people get assistance –  even if they’re physically incapacitated or unable to speak. 

What to Look For

Look for devices that are durable and warrantied.  There are many providers of this type of service, but not all are created equal.

You want 24/7 access to live emergency response teams. Opt for providers, like Around the Clock Medical Alarms, who staff their call centers with EMD-certified professionals. They have the same training as 911 operators and can promptly recognize life-threatening situations and provide lifesaving information until help arrives. 

Additionally, look for customer service, which includes monthly device testing as well as a personalized file for each client with details like the user’s birthday, medications, allergies, and medical health conditions. This is extremely important, because if you are unable to speak, they can relay your information, on your behalf, to those who respond to your emergency.

Finally, elect to utilize companies who do not require long-term contracts.  None of us have a crystal ball or time ticker above our heads.  Thus, we are not certain how long we would need this kind of service….  Around the Clock Medical Alarms is here to help you for as little (or much) as you need – even for a short term, while you are getting your strength back, following an elective surgery, illness, and/or hospital stay.

  • Around The Clock Medical Alarmsa nationwide PERS provider, has been providing concerned families with top-quality medical alerts for eight years. Their innovative alarms, which can be worn around the neck or on the wrist, are waterproof and have a range of up to three football fields. Their EMD-certified team is available 24/7 to provide personalized support and dispatch emergency crews to provide lifesaving care when life-threatening emergencies arise. Find out more about their products online. If you have questions, call (573) 334-7233.

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Reasons to Adopt a PERS Emergency Alert Device

PERS device—a personal emergency response system—is a medical alert bracelet, necklace, or mobile monitor that allows you to summon help in an emergency even if you can’t reach your phone. Many devices have additional features tailored to meet particular needs. Here’s why a PERS device may benefit you.

You Live Alone

If you share a home, you can call out for help when you need it. However, if you live alone, or if the people in your household are away most of the day, an emergency alert system helps you stay secure while alone and maintain independence. It summons help in any emergency, including break-ins, fires, medical complications, falls, and injuries.

Need Help to Stay Active

PERSIf fear of falling or mobility or vision issues keep you at home, PERS devices will give you the security you need to venture out. They continue to operate when you’re running errands, visiting a doctor, or socializing with friends. They’re equipped with GPS to help loved ones and emergency personnel find you. If you have an emergency while you’re away from home or get lost or stranded, an emergency response center will help you make it safely home.

Require Health Management

Many PERS devices also include alarms and monitoring features to track health conditions. They may monitor your heart rate, respiration, and activity levels, alerting you when it’s time for medication or when you’re experiencing a dangerous arrhythmia. The device will not only inform you but also send a message to a loved one or an emergency response team about your condition.

 

If you need the lifeline a PERS device offers, call Around the Clock Medical Alarms in Cape Girardeau, MO. They supply equipment and devices to clients across the country to facilitate 24/7 access to emergency medical dispatch (EMD) teams and trained and certified response specialists. Call (573) 334-7233 to speak to a representative, or visit their website to learn more about how they save lives.

 

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VA Aid and Attendance Pension helps wartime veterans, and/or their surviving spouses, to stay safe in their homes!

Keep them safe at home! VA Aid & Attendance Pension helps them to maintain their safety and independence!

Do you know a wartime veteran, and/or surviving spouse, who could benefit from home care assistance through the Aid and Attendance Pension?

The little-known Department of Veterans Affairs pension (VA Non Service Connected Pension with Aid and Attendance Benefit) is for veterans:

  • with an honorable discharge
  • who have served at least 90 days on active duty, with at least one day of service during a period of war, or their surviving spouses.
  • To qualify for this particular benefit, which pays for personal care services, the disabilities must not be service-related.
  • There are also financial limitations associated with the pension.This little known pension can help them to maintain their safety and independence!

This little known pension can help them to maintain their safety and independence by providing personal care services through home care to veterans and/or surviving spouses, so they can remain in their own home, which is where they want to be. Subsequently, it can also be used to pay for assisted living, if, and/or when, they are no longer able to maintain their independence in their own homes.

The VA requires a variety of documents including the following:

  • armed services discharge papers
  • proof of assets
  • marriage license and death certificate (surviving spouse).
  • medical information from your physician to verify your need for in-home personal care services.

Around the Clock Medical Alarms works collaboratively with an independent agency that will assist you to file the paperwork with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and they will set up your home care, once the application goes to the VA. The best part is that you don’t have to wait for the VA to approve your claim in order to begin receiving services. They will provide you with help at the beginning of the month after paperwork is submitted.

It is estimated that nearly 20% of all people, over the age of 65, could qualify for the Aide and Attendance Veterans Pension or Death Pension. Consider, if you will, the number of war-time veterans and/or their surviving spouses that there are in this country.  Understand that ONLY 20%  (1 of EVERY 5) of those individuals could qualify. In addition, unfortunately, few people have the knowledge to understand how to get this benefit. Currently, an estimated 480,000 individuals are actually receiving it, which represents about 5% of those seniors who are 65 or older. Thus, this benefit is the “best kept secret” of the VA.

In summary, the Aid and Attendance is a needs-based VA pension paid to wartime veterans with a non-service-connected disability, or their surviving spouses, who require help with daily living.  It helps veterans, and/or their surviving spouses, receive personal care services to help them retain their quality of life and stay in their homes. If, and/or when, they are no longer able to maintain their independence in their own homes, it can be applied to the cost of assisted living. This is a huge resource that many are unaware even exists!

Additionally, the pension can provide an Around the Clock Medical Alarms “life alert” type of service to help them to maintain their home safety. The VA guidelines indicate that ”Cash assistance” is at the discretion of the beneficiary (or their family members / caregivers), and can be used to pay for home safety monitoring.  A Personal Emergency Response System, (PERS), can provide an extension to the home care, by bringing peace of mind that our aging heroes are never alone – and that they can get help any day, any time, any reason! Statistically, a PERS system can help an individual to stay in their homes longer, because they get help – instead of laying there for hours or days….

Financially, it is cheaper on our system to assist our aging populous to stay independent in their own homes, rather than to place them in nursing homes. In addition, typically, when they remain independent, their quality of life is better, which equates to a WIN-WIN situation for all involved.

Call 877-449-5566 or visit online for questions regarding the Aid and Attendance Pension and/or “life alert” type system provided through Around the Clock Medical Alarmsimage