You’re looking for a monitored medical alert that works primarily inside your home.
You don’t spend much time outside. Maybe you’re homebound. Or maybe you only go outside with someone else around. Either way, when you’re alone and might need help, it’s inside your house.
The good news:
You have a lot of options.
The bad news:
You have a lot of options, and it can be tricky to figure out which ones aren’t that great.
A lot of companies sell the basic system you’re looking for. While they might have different names for it, and slightly different designs, they are all “base-station speakerphone” models and they’re all made to similar specifications by a small group of manufacturers.
So now the question is, do you have a big house or a small one?
By small, we’re talking about a 1-2 room apartment or a small 1-2 bedroom home on one level. If your home is really stretched out, it doesn’t count as small.
Here’s why it matters:
In order to get the best response in an emergency, you need to be able to communicate with the monitoring center. If your house is big and you are far from the base station, this will be difficult.
Without knowing your house and your habits, I can’t tell you whether it will really be a problem for you. But it’s something you’ll need to consider.
In big homes, one of the ways you get better coverage is to have extra panic buttons you stick on the wall. These provide better “activation” range for your system, but they don’t necessarily increase the distance at which you can talk and be heard. Some vendors have extra units they sell that extend the range of the speakerphone. I haven’t tested these and don’t know how well they work.
(You’ll notice I don’t give any systems really high scores. That’s because the communications issue always nags at me. There’s just a limit to how good these systems can be if you can’t talk and listen easily.)