Personal Emergency Response Systems or PERS

What does PERS mean?

PERS stands for Personal Emergency Response System. PERS works in simple ways and only involves three components:

  • a small radio transmitter (it should be lightweight, battery operated that can be easily carried in a pocket or in a chain around the neck or wrist band)
  • a console that connects to the user’s telephone
  • an emergency response center that recognizes and monitors every call

When someone needs an emergency help, such us medical, fire, or police assistance, PERS users may press the ‘help’ button which will immediately send a radio signal to the console which is connected to the user‘s telephone. The console will automatically dial one or more of the pre-selected emergency phone numbers. One of the most important features of PERS is its capability to dial even when the phone is currently in use or off the hook.

When the emergency response center is reached, the caller is immediately identified which will then allow the emergency center to determine the cause of emergency, review the caller’s medical history, and connect to the appropriate medical professionals or caregiver. If in case the center can not reach the caller or know the actual nature of the emergency, they will notify the emergency providers to go to the home of the caller to provide medical assistance. Most of the ‘help’ buttons are water-resistant so they can be worn even in pools and the shower.

Two Types of Emergency Response Centers

I. Provider-based Centers: these are usually located within the area of the loved ones. They usually operate out of the hospitals and social service agencies.

II. Manufacturer-based Centers: these centers usually operate from one location, i.e., national center.

Personal Emergency Response Centers are open 24/7.

Do Personal Emergency Response Systems work outside?

Most PERS have a range of 200-400 ft. in and around the house. Range is affected by walls and other structures. For this reason, it is best advised to test the range of the Personal Emergency Response System first so that you will know the coverage area of the system used by your loved one.

PERS or Personal Emergency Response Systems provide independence and peace of mind for the senior using the system. For less than a dollar a day, you can provide the protection your loved one deserves.

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