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Common Excuses for Not Getting Medical Alert Systems

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A big stumbling block to getting a medical alert system is the person who will be wearing it.  If they don’t believe that wearing a medical alert necklace is necessary, they may neglect to wear it when they can get away with it. There’s lots of reasons why they may not want to wear something that could save their lives. Here are a few of them.

I’ll get it when I need it

We take risks every day, whether we’re walking across the room, to the mailbox, or a mile down the road.  Anything can happen.  Rather than trusting in luck, wouldn’t you rather have something in place that can dramatically minimize the consequences?
It’s too much of a hassle to move
Modern medical alert systems have very few pieces. These pieces are small and ready-made for travelers. When on the road, a cell-phone sized receiver, a charger, and a medical alert necklace are all that’s needed.
It’s too expensive
Studies have shown that the faster a trauma victim can get help, the more likely they are to have a better outcome from the fall. Compare the cost of a medical alert necklace and system with that of going to the hospital.  Compare it to the mental anguish associated with falling down and not having anyone there to assist.  
I don’t want to change
Most people are resistant to change.  That’s just a fact of life – we want to have everything the same way, every time. However, whether we’d like to admit it, change is all around us. Unfortunately, this is one excuse you’ll have to be patient with. Showing sympathy can go a long way in helping them accept their changing circumstances.
I want to shop around
Shopping around is great, and we encourage others to shop around.  Watch out, though; shopping around can be a euphemism for stalling.  To test this theory, set a specific time and date for the decision to be made. If your loved one hems and haws, then try to find out what the real reason is. If they say "a life alert costs too much" just let them compare the cost of not being protected.
While there are many excuses that your loved one might use when talking about purchasing a medical alert system, the truth is that wearing the medical alert necklace or pendant can ultimately save lives.  What value do you place on having experienced emergency personnel on hand at the push of a button?