This is an independent site. It’s not created by a medical alert company. I don’t work for any of the companies.
My purpose is to help you find the right life alert.
I started this site because I saw too many people buying the wrong life-alert.
Actually, it was just one person.
My ex-mother-in-law bought a system for her mother. She picked the one she’d heard about. And that meant she not only locked herself into a 3-year contract, but she was also paying almost double what she could have been spending if she’d shopped around. But worse than that, she picked a system that made her mom feel like a prisoner in her own home.
So I built a site that explained the different kinds of medical alerts. Hoping I could help people avoid the same mistake. And with that site I helped thousands of people find the right system.
This site, findtherightalert.com, is actually the second generation site. I’ve taken everything I learned in 5 years, plus all the changes in the marketplace, and built a new site from the ground up to make it easier for you.
There are four basic kinds of medical alerts
1. The first is the old base station speakerphone model. Probably best to avoid these, unless you never leave the house. These include most of the units available on the market. Yes, that means all of the big name brands: Life Alert, Phillips Lifeline, Connect America, CVS/Pharmacy Medical Alert, and on and on.
If you do think these are right for you, my suggestion is to go with Bay Alarm Medical if you’re looking to get the best rate, or Medical Guardian if you like the comfort of having a pendant that detects falls.
2. The second is a so-called “no fee” medical alert that calls friends and family instead of a monitoring center. I used to recommend these, but I’m not so hot on them anymore. True, they can save money. You pay upfront for the equipment and then don’t have to pay anything on a monthly basis. But you’re relying entirely on your friends and relatives for help, instead of on professionals. What if no one is available? What if they panic? What if they can’t figure out how to send an ambulance to your house? If you still think these are for you, click here.
3. The third kind is a “talk through the pendant” senior alert. These are great. When you have an emergency, you talk to the responders through a speaker and microphone right in the pendant you carry. It’s like a small cordless phone. This means if you get hurt anywhere in your house or even out in the yard, you can have a real conversation with the monitoring center. Here are two good options for talk through the pendant medical alerts.
4. The fourth kind is a mobile alert that works anywhere you can get a cell signal. Awesome. Some of these even come with fall detection. A few years ago these weren’t very good, but now they’re much better.
I want to be clear about one thing. I do sometimes get thank you commissions from companies if you end up buying a system I’ve recommended. But I try not to let these influence my reviews.
This is not a churn and burn site that just tries to get you to sign up for any system. The Internet is full of those sites. They make it look like they’re helping you. But after you fill out the form on their page, they give your personal information to 4 different companies who will call and badger you until you buy something.