People like to joke about those sometimes campy “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” commercials, but did you know there’s significant research showing those services are very beneficial? There are a few big brands, but the generic industry term for these call-for-help services is personal emergency response systems (PERS). Industry research shows that PERS reduce mortality rates by nearly four times and reduce the likelihood of hospitalization by 59%. Are they worth the subscription fee? One study found that PERS produce a cost-to-benefit ratio of 1.87 to one. Among the subset of people who have severe disabilities, the cost to benefit ratio is an impressive 7 to 1. Proving once again that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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