I wear the greatcall splash everyday on the lanyard. Never thought it would actually happen, but I fell on the way back to the house from my barn. We had gotten some freezing rain and I couldn't tell the gravel was iced over and not just wet. Took a step and hit the gravel below. Pressed the button and although it took about 15 minutes for help to arrive, the greatcall people answered the call and stayed on the line with me within seconds after hitting the button.
I'm 30 years old, so not exactly a Senior. Actually, I found this site while looking for some accessories for the GreatCall Splash. I just needed to add my input, as I have to carry this around with me on a daily basis.
About me: I'm 30 years old as stated above, wheelchair bound with MS.
When looking into getting a medical alert, I was embarrassed at the fact that my friends would see some goofy thing that looked like an old answering machine sitting on my end table. My mom found the Splash for me in some magazine she subscribes to. It looks like a cell phone, and isn't embarrassing to carry around. I'm not homebound, so I do get out and do things still (as much as I can). The thought of only having protection at home and spending so much per month was just ridiculous. I'm happy to have this and I'm thankful to GreatCall for making a device that isn't embarrassing to carry with me wherever I go. I know it's obvious that I appear disabled, but I don't want some ugly thing tethered to me that reiterates that fact.
After my husband passed away, my children were always calling and checking on me to make sure I was okay. If they didn't hear from me for a day or two, they'd stop by and check on me. Although I appreciate their concerns, I often found it annoying that they would feel the need to stop in un-announced only to find me sitting and doing a puzzle or browsing the internet.
I'm 76 years young and am still driving, cooking and cleaning up after myself. Overall I'm in good health and have never had the misfortune of needing to use this little device or the 5Star services that I pay for. However, I find great comfort in knowing that it's there if I need it. We've tested it several times to make sure it's still working and it's never failed on us when my daughter makes me check it.
My children are probably more relieved that they don't have to constantly check on me. Since I've had this, it seems like they enjoy their visits with me more and aren't doing it out of what they feel is a necessity.
I purchase mine without checking to see if service was available in my area. While it does get a signal, it sometimes can't connect which is less than reliable. My cell phone gets coverage so I figured that the splash would too. Guess it connects to different antennae or something. I've tested it a few times and it has worked two out of three.
I'm still looking for the downside to this device. Although I paid more than the price that's advertised above (I payed $50), it's still less than almost everything else I compared it to. My monthly service fee is only $14.99, compared to the nearly $40.00 per month that the other companies were wanting to charge me.
Originally bought it for my husband that has parkinsons so that I would feel safe leaving him home alone when I went to the store. Now I've got one for myself as well, realizing that I'm not as young as I thought I was. My kids are on the call list so that if there's an emergency they can be called and come over right away. I'm on the call list for my husbands device which notifies me right away if there's a problem at home. I can't recommend this Splash device enough.