Can someone advice me about either First Alert or LifeWatch...

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Can someone advice me about either First Alert or LifeWatch products and services? I'm not sure I want a three year contract, which First Alert demands, but I am curious about the level of service provided by these two organizations. Thank you.


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As Founder and Director of Circles of Care, Ann Cason provides caregiving, consulting, and training services to individuals and public and private organizations involved in eldercare. She is the author of Circles of Care: How to Set Up Quality Home Care for Our Elders.

I would advise you to look at the web site for both First Alert and Life Watch.There is www.firstalert.com and  www.lifewatch-usa.com.  First Alert deals more with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Life Watch specializes in the home alarm system which has a device that you wear around your neck. If you have an accident, you can call a central alarm system which will get help for you.  There are many similar companies, but Life Watch has been around since 1980 and is a senior friendly organization.  Many people who live alone feel comforted by such devices.The one thing you have to be careful about is that you are wearing it, either around your neck or as a bracelet. Otherwise it will not work. As far as a smoke alarm goes, I would check with the fire department, get an inspection and see if you really need more than what is demanded by your homeowners or rental insurance or by your mortgage holder.The important thing about smoke alarms for elderly or for all people is that the batteries are changed on a regular basis. If you can't do this, ask a relative or handyman to help you.