In received a V.Alrt in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
Years ago, I lived on the same street as my grandmother. I practically grew up there as a child. Her neighbor, now long a widow and in poor health, held on to her independence. She drove, she relied mostly on herself. The neighborhood was cookie cutter, with post-war homes built-in the 1950s. The neighbor, over a morning cup of coffee told me how she and her husband bought the home new in 1955 for ,000. There had been no real changes since that purchase to the home.
The street was lined with fairy tale pines. The kind that seemed to grow to the sky forever. They served as privacy fences from neighbor to the next. Looking down the street, it was hard to see past the stately pines.
Winter came. Boy Scouts did service projects, shoveling the snow from the elderly’s homes on the street. Miniature mountains of fluffy white misery, now blackened by car exhaust lined the street.
It was on such a day that no one noticed the neighbor. She had run an errand. Upon returning home, she exited her car, fell and could not get up. She stayed against the frozen driveway, alongside her car, hidden from the view by snow and fairy tale pines. She remained here for hours.
By nightfall, the neighbor kitty-corner from her, who had been a family friend and her keeper since they each moved to that street some fifty years ago, noticed her lights weren’t on. The porch light did not spotlight the porch. He found this odd, since her car was in the driveway.
He walked across the street and knocked. No answer. He went around the back. Nothing. Then he walked around the car where he found our neighbor, cold, weak and unable to get up.
It was the reality of that “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercial.
She would not have survived the night alongside her car in the elements.
V.ALRT Personal Emergency Alert Device will keep my neighbor’s unfortunate event from happening to someone you love.
Unlike other alert system’s, V.ALRT doesn’t require additional hardware to be purchased, nor does it require a monthly subscription. In the event of an emergency, notification is sent to the main office, they contact emergency services or the users predetermined emergency contact. It utilizes the power of the loved ones smart phone. The smart phone actually makes the contact.
The system, when there’s an issue, will send a message from the person using its cellphone to one of three contacts.
It doesn’t have to be for the elderly, think of it as a connection with your children as well.
One of the things I think makes the V.ALRT unique is there are no controls and no ports for connecting to a USB. It can be worn like a watch, with the functioning device, a round button-like device that fits where a watch face would be. Or carried discreetly in a pocket or a bag, worn on the wrist with the included band or around the neck as a pendant.
It turns on simply by pressing the center of the button and holding for 10 seconds. Now the device is in pairing mode and the bluetooth ultra low power connectivity can be seen by the device it is paired with. No need to recharge for up to one full year!
With the push of a button, the V.ALERT pings the smart phone to send a personalize text to the three pre-selected contacts. The customizable message will indicate that help is needed AND provide a location using the GPS feature on the smart phone (when available). The V.ALRT application can also be set to initiate a follow-up phone call from the smart phone to get the attention of the recipient.
With a wireless range of up to 75 feet indoor or 300 feet outdoors, the V.ALRT is compatible with iPhone 4S or later and any android 4.3 or newer with bluetooth 4.0.
The V.ALRT device is pint-sized at just 1.3 inches by 0.4 inches thick. It weighs 8 grams and is waterproof for up to one meter for up to 30 minutes.
The device has a manufacturer’s suggested retail of $79.99 and offers the piece of mind for those who are caring for a loved one or are concerned about a loved ones safety.