Are PERS covered by Medicare,
Medicaid, or insurance companies?
Usually not, but if your loved one has a
prescription for a medical alarm, payment
arrangements might be made between your loved
one and the company providing their health
insurance. Some times a health insurance company
will reimburse your loved one after they
initially pay the total cost up-front.
Is it possible for me to order a PERS
for my loved one, but have the bill sent to me?
PERS companies usually have no problem with
this, requiring billing instructions and
information pertaining to you instead of your
How often is my loved one billed?
There are as many different ways to pay for a
PERS as there are companies, so it is important
to find out, up-front, what kind of payments are
expected for the monitoring services. Will it be
monthly billing? Will the initial cost of the
PERS unit also include a month or two of
service? If you go with a service that allows
month-to-month payments, you will usually
encounter very little problem or penalty should
you need to cancel the service. Some also allow
you to pay either annually (12 months
at-a-time), semi-annually (six months
at-a-time), or quarterly (every three months).
What other features do PERS offer?
Many of the systems include daily reminder
notification, regarding medications, and
appointments. Some systems also offer several
benefits for loved ones who have different
disabilities, like hearing impairment, visual
impairment, and those who have mobility
challenges. Some of these features include
handsets that are hearing aid compatible,
flashing keypad for incoming calls, oversized
keypad numbers, and hands-free capability.