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by Shelley Webb Senior Products Contributing Editor

A medical alert device can be a smart investment for seniors who live alone. During a crisis, a medical alert device connects you to emergency responders automatically or with a press of a button. Our research team vetted 12 medical alert companies rated by more than 23,510 customers — read our guide to the best medical alert devices by comparing costs, equipment features and customer experiences.

Our top 6 picks for medical alert systems

To select our top picks, we started with the companies listed on this guide, then eliminated those without any verified customer reviews on our site. To stay on the list, we required that companies have at least a 4-star overall rating and a 2:1 ratio of 5-star to 1-star reviews. We also considered the availability of products and services when making our final selections.

Our pick for prompt responsesLife Alert Emergency ResponseAUTHORIZED PARTNER
  • Monthly fees vary
  • $198 for setup
  • Batteries never need recharging

Life Alert is our pick for prompt response times because we noticed a high density of 5-star reviews that mention phrases such as “immediate response” and “came very soon.” Each system comes with a pendant or bracelet plus a battery that lasts for up to 10 years without recharging. Professional installation services are available nationwide. All its equipment is maintenance-free, too.

Pricing and plans
Pricing varies by system options and setup. According to a Life Alert representative, midrange systems cost $69 per month. There is an initial charge of $198, which includes the cost of equipment, activation and installation. For the most accurate pricing information, it’s best to contact the company directly.
  • Medical Emergencies: The flagship service comes with a waterproof pendant or wristband. The pendant has an 800-foot range.
  • HELP Button: The mountable help button is waterproof and ideal for high-risk areas, such as showers and bathtubs. The device uses two-way communication technology to connect users to Life Alert dispatchers. No landline or outlet is required.
  • HELP On-the-go + GPS: Life Alert’s mobile device is a GPS-enabled panic button that works anywhere that GSM cellular phones operate in the U.S. The device has a small push-button style and can be worn or stored in a purse or pocket.
Here’s a rundown of Life Alert’s features:
  • Monitored: Yes
  • Calls: Dispatch center
  • Connection: Landline or cellular
  • At-home device range: 800 feet
  • Battery life: Up to 10 years
  • GPS: Available
  • Fall detection: Not offered
What we like
As of publishing, Life Alert is the highest-rated medical alert company on our site. Reviewers consistently mention that response times are prompt. Happy customers also seem to like that monitoring representatives stay on the line until help arrives. According to one reviewer, reps are “very courteous and helpful.” Life Alert’s systems are a good option for older people living alone and younger people with conditions like epilepsy or cerebral palsy.
Our pick for medical alert smartwatchesMedical GuardianAUTHORIZED PARTNER
  • Monthly fees start at $29.95 to $44.95
  • $0 to $299.95 for equipment
  • Wide selection of features

Medical Guardian is our pick for medical alert watches because the Freedom Guardian comes highly recommended by existing customers. The Classic Guardian is also a good option — its range of 1,300 feet is one of the largest ranges we’ve seen on a home-based system. Automatic fall detection is available on all of Medical Guardian’s devices but the smartwatch. For more info, compare our other picks for top medical alert watches.

Pricing and plans
Medical Guardian’s upfront costs and ongoing fees vary by system. You also have the option for upgrades, such as fall detection and enhanced emergency notifications, that add to the overall price. For example, the fall detection upgrade adds $10 a month to the monitoring fee.

Upfront equipment fees are required for some packages, including the Mini Guardian and Classic Guardian. You can get a price break if you opt in to an annual billing cycle, though.

  • Mini Guardian: This unit costs $124.95 upfront, and monitoring starts at $39.95 per month or $439.45 per year when you pay annually. The device is smaller and lighter than traditional medical alert devices, but it provides continuous monitoring services with a long-lasting battery.
  • Active Guardian: There is no upfront equipment cost. Monitoring starts at $44.95 per month, but you can save by paying $494.45 per year. This is an all-in-one device for at-home or on-the-go use since it’s GPS- and Wi-Fi-enabled.
  • Mobile Guardian: There is no upfront equipment cost. Monitoring starts at $44.95 per month or $494.45 per year when you pay annually. This portable personal emergency response system with GPS works on its own or with a wearable neck pendant or wristband.
  • Home Guardian: There is no upfront equipment cost. Monitoring starts at $34.95 per month or $384.45 per year when you pay annually. This is an in-home medical alert system that runs on a cellular network. It comes with a base unit and wearable accessories that have a 600-foot range.
  • Classic Guardian: There is no upfront equipment cost. Monitoring starts at $29.95 per month or $329.45 per year when you pay annually. This package offers a relatively low-cost in-home option that works over a landline and has a range of 1,300 feet.
  • Freedom Guardian: This model costs $299.95 upfront. The wearable medical alert watch features advanced location tracking, text-to-speech messaging and an adjustable watchband. As of publishing, the Freedom 2.0 is available to preorder.
Here’s a rundown of Medical Guardian’s features:
  • Monitored: Yes
  • Calls: Dispatch center
  • Connection: Landline or cellular
  • At-home device range: 350 to 1,300 feet
  • Mobile battery life: Up to seven days for Active Guardian
  • GPS: Available
  • Fall detection: Available
What we like
Mobile Guardian offers “great systems,” according to happy reviewers. All its devices are monitored and connect you to a dispatch center that can get you the help you need 24/7. If you’re unsure which product is best for you, the company has a product quiz on its website that can match you to a device.
Our pick for fall detectionLifelineAUTHORIZED PARTNER
  • Monthly fees start at $29.95 to $58.95
  • $50 to $99.95 upfront fee
  • No long-term contracts

Happy customers seem to like that Lifeline’s devices are easy to use and offer fall detection. Lifeline, formerly Philips Lifeline, offers devices designed to be used at home and on the go. With a personalized care plan, you can choose who responds when you call for help. Systems are compatible with both landlines and AT&T’s wireless network.

Pricing and plans
Lifeline offers at-home systems through its HomeSafe packages and a mobile system through the GoSafe 2. Pricing varies for each package based on the connection and additional equipment selected. Fall detection is available with the more expensive packages. Lifeline also charges installation fees between $19.95 and $99.
  • HomeSafe Standard: Basic systems start at $29.95 per month for a landline connection or $43.95 for cellular, plus a one-time $50 activation fee. This model is designed for at-home use only. It comes with two-way voice communication, professional monitoring and a Cares plan.
  • HomeSafe with AutoAlert: This model starts at $44.95 per month with a landline or $58.95 for cellular connections, plus a one-time $50 activation fee. It’s designed to be used at home and on the go, and it comes with everything in the standard package plus a pendant.
  • GoSafe 2: This model costs $49.95 per month plus a one-time $99.95 device fee. The pendant comes with location technologies and is designed to be used away from home, which is why it requires a cellular connection.
Here’s a rundown of Lifeline’s features:
  • Monitored: Yes
  • Calls: Dispatch center
  • Connection: Landline or cellular
  • At-home device range: Varies
  • Mobile battery life: Up to 3 days
  • GPS: Available
  • Fall detection: Available
What we like
Lifeline offers a nice selection of monitored safety alert systems. When you press the button, systems connect to a U.S.-based emergency response center in seconds. A dispatcher then connects to your home over a two-way channel. We also like that the emergency response center supports multiple languages.
Our pick for neck pendantsMedical AlertAUTHORIZED PARTNER
  • Monthly fees start at $19.95 to $39.95
  • No upfront costs required
  • 30-day risk-free trial

Medical Alert offers landline and cellular systems without long-term contracts. Its monitoring center is equipped with translation services to offer help in 140 languages. If needed, the monitoring center can dispatch emergency responders, including medical professionals, police and firefighters.

Pricing and plans
Medical Alert offers in-home and mobile packages. All its On-the-Go devices can run on the AT&T cellular network, depending on which options you choose. Fall detection is available for an additional $10 per month. A protection plan to cover damages to the system up to $350 is available for an extra $1 per month. Savings are available if you pay annually or semiannually.
  • At-Home: The landline-compatible model is priced between $19.95 and $22.95 per month. Systems that run on cellular service cost $29.95 to $32.95 per month. The At-home comes with a wrist or neck button.
  • On-the-Go: Fees are $34.95 to $37.95 per month, depending on if you pay monthly, semiannually or annually. The system comes with GPS location services.
  • On-the-Go + Button: Monthly fees range from $39.95 to $42.95, depending on the terms of your payment plan. The package includes a help button, carrying case and GPS location services.
Here’s a rundown of Medical Alerts features:
  • Monitored: Yes
  • Calls: Dispatch center
  • Connection: Landline or cellular
  • At-home device range: Varies
  • Mobile battery life: Up to 5 days
  • GPS: Available
  • Fall detection: Available
What we like
Medical Alert's team is reliable and the button is comfortable to wear, according to positive reviews. People really seem to like the added security and support. “It's very comforting to have around 'cause I know if anything happens, I'll just have to push the button and they will come,” one customer said in March 2021.

We also like that the systems are transferable. “My Medical Alert was my mother's. When she passed away, I had it transferred to my name. So far, so good. I've had to call in for testing and their response was fine. They got right on it. I just mashed the button and they called back,” according to a reviewer in Texas.

Our pick for built-in GPS featuresBay Alarm Medical
  • Monthly fees start at $19.95 to $29.95
  • $0 to $179 for equipment
  • Extended warranty available

Bay Alarm Medical is one of our favorite systems for GPS because so many 5-star reviews mention it. Caregivers and family members can track the wearer’s location through an app. For more, compare our other top picks for medical alert systems with GPS.

Pricing and plans
Bay Alarm Medical offers in-home and on-the-go systems. All systems come with 24-hour professional monitoring services. For cellular connections, all packages are $10 higher. Add fall detection for an extra $10 per month. Upgrades for caregiver tracking and GPS tracking are available for an additional $5 per month each. Lockboxes are available for $39.95 each.
  • Basic Protection: In-home systems start at $19.95. The package includes monitoring, one base unit and one personal help button.
  • Preferred Protection: Midrange home systems start at $39.95. Preferred comes with everything in the basic package plus two wall buttons.
  • Premium Protection: Bay Alarm’s top-tier home system starts at $49.95 per month. This package comes with everything in the basic system, plus four wall buttons and free ground shipping.
  • GPS Help button: This mobile option starts at $29.95 per month plus a one-time $99 device fee. It includes location tracking, and automatic fall detection is available for an additional $10 per month. The caregiver tracking upgrade is an extra $5 per month.
  • SOS Smartwatch: This model costs $24.95 per month plus a one-time $179 device fee at the time of publishing. It includes location tracking but doesn’t offer optional upgrades.
Here’s a rundown of Bay Alarm Medical’s features:
  • Monitored: Yes
  • Calls: Dispatch center
  • Connection: Landline or cellular
  • At-home device range: Varies
  • Mobile battery life: Varies
  • GPS: Available
  • Fall detection: Available
What we like
Besides mentioning GPS features, some of the happiest Bay Alarm Medical customers also highlight the company’s helpful and professional representatives. “The service is well worth the money since they are all so kind and helpful,” a customer in Georgia reported last year. ”You can tell they are compassionate people and want to help the person that has fallen.”

Technical support representatives make it easy to get devices up and running, and they take time to make sure new customers understand their new system. According to one reviewer with the 4G LTE GPS device, the rep “was very knowledgeable about how the device worked and patiently took me through the steps needed. Since I am elderly, he needed extra patience — bless him!”

Our pick for ongoing monitoringADT Medical AlertAUTHORIZED PARTNER
  • Monthly fees start at $29.99 to $39.99
  • No upfront equipment fees
  • Free battery replacements

All ADT Medical Alert packages come with a pendant or wristband, two-way voice communication features, and free battery replacements. No long-term contract is required, and the company offers a full refund for early cancellation.

Pricing and plans
All plans include professional monitoring services. There are no upfront equipment costs or activation fees (the base system remains owned by ADT). Monthly charges increase as eligible items are added, such as fall detection. Lockboxes are available for $29.99.
  • Medical Alert Basic: Starting at $29.99 per month, this package is designed for in-home use. It requires a landline and includes home temperature monitoring features. Special online pricing may be available.
  • Medical Alert Plus: Starting at $35.99 per month, this package comes with home temperature monitoring. Fall detection is also optional with this package, but there is no landline requirement. Special online pricing may be available.
  • On-The-Go: Starting at $39.99 per month, this package comes with a mobile base unit, GPS location capabilities and optional fall detection. Special online pricing may be available.
Here’s a rundown of ADT Medical Alert’s features:
  • Monitored: Yes
  • Calls: Dispatch center
  • Connection: Landline or cellular
  • At-home device range: 300 feet
  • Mobile battery life: N/A (free replacements)
  • GPS: Available
  • Fall detection: Available
What we like
You may be familiar with ADT as a home security company. Its medical alert systems are also monitored, but its medical alert monitoring professionals undergo senior-sensitivity training to better communicate with older adults during an emergency. According to a reviewer in Florida earlier this year, responding agents are “very kind and patient” during a crisis.

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      Medical alert FAQ

      What is a medical alert system?
      Medical alert systems are devices that help users contact emergency assistance. They are usually made up of a base unit and an emergency help button. Some buttons can be worn on a lanyard or bracelet. When you press the button, the system can connect you to a trained emergency response operator, a trusted friend or a relative.

      Medical alert devices are often safer than a cell phone or digital assistant. For instance, a help button might be more accessible during an emergency, especially in the shower or bath; if you fall, have a sudden accident or otherwise need medical assistance, you don’t have to worry about reaching a phone to call for help.

      How do medical alert systems work?
      Medical alert devices generally use small radio transmitters to contact their base stations, which use cellular or landline networks to connect with monitoring centers. When the wearer presses the help button, the personal emergency response system (PERS) alerts an emergency response provider, who can then communicate with the wearer and arrange for help.

      Medical alarm devices can be passive or active. You have to press an alarm button to call for help with an active device, but passive systems monitor your movements to help detect an emergency (including falls). Medical alert systems can be monitored or unmonitored, come with or without fall alert features and connect to either home-based landline or cellular networks.

      Both monitored and unmonitored systems should include a panic button or an emergency call button, and many have the option to add fall detection. If a monitored medical alert system detects a fall, the company might first try to call the wearer before contacting emergency personnel, depending on your plan’s monitoring services.

      Are medical alert systems tax deductible?
      The Internal Revenue Service doesn’t specifically itemize medical alert systems as eligible for tax deductions, but many medical expenses are tax deductible. A tax professional can help you determine if you can deduct a medical alert system in your tax filings.
      Does Medicare cover medical alert systems?
      No, medical alert systems are not covered by Medicare parts A or B or Medicare supplemental insurance. Depending on where you live, Medicaid might cover some medical alert systems. For more information, read about the differences between Medicare and Medicaid.

      Alternatively, long-term care insurance may also provide reimbursement for medical alert systems. ConsumerAffairs can’t direct buyers to Medicaid-eligible systems, and any brand you contact will typically refer you to your Medicaid caseworker for further guidance.

      What medical conditions require a medical alert bracelet?
      Medical alert bracelets, also called medical ID bracelets, are common for those with severe epilepsy, diabetes, serious drug or food allergies or dementia. A medical alert bracelet is an identification tag that includes lifesaving information about any medical conditions that require immediate attention should the wearer be in distress and unable to speak.

      These bracelets are wearable tags and not to be confused with medical alert systems or devices, which can also be worn around the wrist. A medical alert device lets the wearer communicate with someone for help, while a medical alert bracelet is a piece of jewelry that informs emergency responders and medical professionals of certain medical conditions.

      Are medical alert buttons waterproof?
      Yes, most medical alert companies manufacture waterproof or water-resistant devices. Because many accidents happen in or around the shower, make sure you choose a waterproof alert button so you can wear it at all times.
      What does a medical alert lockbox do?
      A lockbox securely stores a hidden key to your home and grants access to authorized personnel in case of an emergency. With a lockbox, emergency personnel can get into your home without breaking windows or damaging doorways. Lockboxes are a popular add-on from many major medical alert providers.

      Cost of medical alert systems

      Price is a significant factor in comparing medical alert systems, especially if you’re on a fixed income. In general, medical alert costs include the following:

      • Monthly monitoring fees that start at about $20 to $50 per month
      • Equipment or activation fees that usually range up to $300
      • Installation fees up to $100

      Monitored devices offer either month-to-month medical alert service or contract periods. New customers often get a price break if they enroll in a monitoring contract with a yearly payment plan. Many companies offer packages with free equipment as long as you have an active monitoring subscription. When available, devices without professional monitoring services typically cost more upfront but have no monthly fees.

      It’s important to read the fine print before opting in to any monitoring contract. Some companies charge high cancellation fees if you terminate services early. You should also look for a company that offers a price-lock guarantee to ensure the system stays affordable.

      For additional information, read about the costs of aging in place or explore more topics related to elder care planning.

      How to choose a medical alert system

      As you compare medical alert systems, the first step is deciding whether you want the option to use the device outside your home. Then determine if you’d feel safer with your device connected to a trained operator and if you need fall detection. Remember: It’s crucial to read medical alert device reviews to learn about the average customer experience and to pay attention to the fine print before you sign a contract. For more, learn what questions to ask when you talk to a company representative.

      1. Choose between an in-home vs. mobile medical alert system
      Home-based senior medical alert systems have an operating range from 300 to 1,400 feet from the base station. Mobile systems are designed for more active lifestyles and have GPS features and an unlimited cellular range.
      • Home-based medical alert systems: Sometimes referred to as traditional medical alert systems, home-based systems haven’t changed much since the 1970s. Home-based alert systems come with a wireless pendant that connects to a base station. Not all home-based medical alert systems require a landline and a phone jack — in-home medical alert systems can run on landline, cellular or internet connections. If you have a large home, you might want to look into range extenders for your medical alert system to ensure your device works in all corners of your space.
      • Mobile medical alert systems: Mobile medical alert systems have more impressive technology, features and options than home-based medical alert systems, but they also come with a higher price. Mobile medical alert systems include a variety of wearables, including traditional help buttons on pendants, fashionable medical alarm necklaces and bracelets and smartwatches with built-in monitoring technology. Many caretakers prefer a mobile medical alert system with GPS to help monitor their loved ones’ safety while out and about. Mobile medical alert devices have a backup battery that can last several days, but you still have to regularly charge the device.
      2. Determine if you need a monitored or unmonitored medical alert system
      The best-rated medical alert systems typically put you in touch with an emergency operator who is ready to respond to any crisis. Monitored systems connect to a dispatch center, and unmonitored medical alert systems dial through preprogrammed contacts when the device is triggered. With unmonitored medical alert systems, you pay for the device without a monthly fee.
      • Monitored medical alert systems: These connect you to a trained emergency response operator when you press the button. The call button puts you through to the dispatch center, and a trained professional talks you through your crisis. The person at the dispatch center can contact a caregiver, friend, family member or 911. Customers’ favorite medical alert monitoring centers guarantee fast response times and employ bilingual operators or partner with a translation service to provide help in several languages.
      • Unmonitored medical alert systems: Unmonitored systems connect you to preprogrammed emergency contacts, typically family and friends, when the device is triggered. Instead of getting a guaranteed response from an emergency dispatch center, the system calls through a list until it reaches the final number — usually 911. Unmonitored medical alert systems are often referred to as no-monthly-fee systems since they don’t require a service contract to function.
      3. Decide if you should add fall detection to your medical alert device
      Systems with fall alert features trigger an alarm when a fall is detected, which eliminates the need to press an emergency button to call for help after an accident. Medical alert systems with fall alert features use accelerometers and barometric sensors to track the movement of the device. Fall detection sensors are often located on a bracelet or neck pendant.

      If the sensor detects a sudden movement, the device sends out a signal to a control center. This feature can be lifesaving for a senior if a fall leaves them unconscious or immobile. Even relatively short falls can be devastating for older adults, so speedy medical attention is the best way to prevent long-term injuries or death.

      Medical alert system reviews

      Medical Guardian

      In-home alert devices for seniors with up 1,300-foot range start at $34.95 a month. On-the-go devices start at $39.95 a month and have a maximum battery life of seven days, depending on the device. Fall detection is optional for an added $10/month.

      • Medical alert equipment: Select from all-in-one wearable and in-home systems with fall detection and two-way speakers. The base unit and pendant are included as part of one of the medical alert system plans with additional equipment available for purchase.
      • Monitoring centers: Multiple U.S.-based monitoring centers ensure quick responses to emergencies at any time of day. Landline and cellular connections provided through AT&T or Verizon, depending on the device.
      • Contracts: Medical Guardian offers monthly, quarterly and annual payment plans.
      • Account accessibility: Manage your account details, update payment methods and access additional resources through an online portal. Add contact information for caregivers and loved ones if you would like them informed about potential emergencies.
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      At-home medical alert systems with a 600-foot range start at $19.95/month. Mobile systems with up to two-day backup battery start at $24.95/month. Fall detection available for an additional $10/month.

      • Equipment features: Select from wearable medical alarm bracelets, pendants and smartwatches with built-in GPS. Active monitoring services plans include equipment.
      • Monitoring centers: U.S.-based monitoring centers are staffed with Spanish-English bilingual operators. Mobile Help partners with Rapid Response and Language Line to support 240 languages. Landline and cellular connection options are available through AT&T.
      • No long-term contracts: Month-to-month contracts are available. Mobile Help also offers a 30-day free trial period.
      • FDA registered: Quality system is based on FDA Medical Device Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Relations.
      Read 187 Reviews
      Medical Alert

      Medical alerts for seniors starting at $19.95/month with ranges up to 600 feet and backup battery life up to 30 hours. Add fall detection for an extra $10/month.

      • Equipment features: Automatic fall detection and water-resistant technology on medical alert pendants and wristwatches allow wearers and their loved ones to have peace of mind in any situation. Simply plug the base unit into a power outlet, then push the button to call for help.
      • 24/7 monitoring centers: A U.S.-based operator stays on the phone with you until help arrives. The U.S.-based monitoring centers are endorsed by the Medical Alert Monitoring Association (MAMA).
      • No long-term contracts: Medical Alert offers month-to-month medical alert monitoring services.
      • Money-back guarantee: New customers have 30 days to decide if a Medical Alert device is right for them.
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      Medical alerts systems start at $24.95/month with no equipment fees. In-home base station ranges up to 1,300 feet, and the mobile battery life lasts up to 42 hours. Fall detection is optional for an additional for $5/month. Provides free protection for spouses with basic monitoring services.

      • Equipment features: Ensure independence and safety for any lifestyle with in-home systems and an on-the-go medical alert necklace for elderly options. Round-the-clock U.S. coverage has provided more than 40 years of reliable service that’s recognized and recommended by doctors and hospitals.
      • Monitoring centers: LifeFone provides customer service and monitoring from the company’s center in White Plains, New York. Dedicated, kind and professional operators are available 24/7 to ensure your safety.
      • 30-day guarantee: Return your pendant and device equipment within the first 30 days for a full refund.
      • Consumer-friendly policies: Equipment is guaranteed for lifetime subscribers, plus spouses are protected for free. Cancel anytime.
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      Prices start at $21.95/month for in-home medical alert system and mobile systems with GPS. Optional fall detection is available for $7/month.

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      Jitterbug Smart

      Smartphones for seniors with emergency response buttons start at $149.99 plus monitoring plan and device activation. Service starts at $14.99/month. No fall detection is available.

      Read 991 Reviews

      HomeSafe plans start at $29.95/month and mobile GoSafe plans start at $54.95/month. Service that includes AutoAlert fall detection technology start at $44.95. New clients pay activation fees up to $50.

      • Equipment features: The in-home device range is up to 800 feet, and the mobile backup battery life lasts up to 30 hours. Professional installation with equipment training is available for the elderly emergency call system. AutoAlert fall detection and water-resistance technology are included in some plans.
      • Monitoring centers: Personal alert services give customers fast, reliable access to North America-based emergency response technicians fluent in English and Spanish. Operators also have access to more than 140 languages through a translation service. The company is staffed with 200 emergency operators who answer up to 18,000 calls per year.
      • Fall detection: Systems that include AutoAlert fall detection start at $44.95/month. Auto alert sensors identify falls and instantly alert the emergency response center for immediate help.
      • Personal care plan: Remain in control of your life by choosing your emergency contact and in-home or on-the-go system to suit your lifestyle.
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      Lively Mobile Plus

      Medical alert devices for seniors start at $19.99 plus monthly plan and activation charges. Only cellular service is available.

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      GetSafe Medical Alert

      Medical alert devices for elderly and active seniors work around you so you don’t have to wear it on your person all the time. Monitoring plans start at $24.95/month. Customizable medical alert system packages starting at $79 are sold separately. Fall detection is optional.

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      Life Alert Emergency Response

      Midrange monitoring services cost $69 monthly. Equipment setup costs $198, including installation and activation. Fall detection is not available. All equipment comes with a free lifetime warranty.

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      Cox Homelife Care

      Medical alert systems for seniors start around $35/month for home units and $45/month for on-the-go protection, plus a one-time $50 equipment charge. Make hands-free calls in emergencies and connect directly with personal care professionals.

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      Bay Alarm Medical

      Protect your health and independence for $19.95 to $29.95/month. 24/7 emergency operators contact family, friends, neighbors and your local 911 emergency services. Add fall detection for $10/month.

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      Walgreens Ready Response

      Monthly service fees start at $22.95 for home-based units and $37.95 for mobile safety devices. The company charges a one-time $14.99 activation fee for the mobile system.

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      Medical Care Alert

      Medical alert systems start at $27.45/month with no long-term contract. Home, home & yard, and home & GPS systems are available, which lets customers can choose a device that best suits their lifestyle. Fall detection can be added for $10/month.

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      Lively Flip

      Flip-style cell phones start at $99 for device plus activation and monthly monitoring fees. Monthly monitoring fees start at $14.99/month.

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      Medical alerts for the elderly start around $20/month. Medical alert base units and help buttons are included with the price of subscriptions.

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      BlueStar SeniorTech

      The company sells a variety of home health and safety products. With mobile, in-home and fall detection options, users can stay connected and safe in a way that suits their lifestyle and needs.

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      Better Alerts

      Medical alerts for the elderly start at $19.95/month. Better Alerts combines established medical alert systems with new, wearable technologies.

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      One Call Alert

      Medical alert systems for seniors start at $22.95 with an annual plan. Emergency alert systems include fall detection. Equipment costs are included in the monthly monitoring fee.

      • Equipment features: Home alert systems for seniors have a range of up to 1,400 feet. For mobile, on-the-go protection, the pendant alert is equipped with two-way voice communication and fall protection. All devices are waterproof or water-resistant.
      • Monitoring centers: U.S.-based monitoring centers are certified and available 24/7.
      • Risk-free trial: New customers get a 30-day risk-free trial to decide if the One Call Alert system is the right fit.
      • No contracts required: New customers aren’t required to sign a long-term contract, though discounts are available for those who do.
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      How to talk to your loved one

      Are you trying to purchase a medical alert system for a loved one but haven’t spoken to them about it? Watch this video for tips on how to approach the topic of senior medical alert devices.

      by Shelley Webb Senior Products Contributing Editor

      Shelley Webb is a registered nurse, geriatric care manager and freelance writer who concentrates on the subjects of eldercare and health.