A monitored medical alert system is a medical alert button and base station that call a professionally-staffed call center when the panic button is pushed.
The other kind of medical alarm is a “no-fee” alarm that just dials 911 or a list of friends and family.
The big difference is that you get a trained responder on the other end of the line. And you have to pay a monthly fee.
The live operator can talk with you to find out what’s wrong, and dispatch appropriate help. Sometimes this is as simple as calling your neighbor to have them come over to help you. Other times it might be that you need urgent help because you’ve fallen or gotten injured. In this case they can call the ambulance. Then they can also call a family member to notify them.
Different monitored systems
There are three basic types of systems that monitored medical alert companies provide.
The differences are in the technology that’s used to connect you to the monitoring center.
Different types of monitoring centers
Some monitoring centers are owned by the company that you’re buying the service from. Others are “contract” centers that provide emergency monitoring for various companies.
While it seems obvious that you should go with a company that has its own monitoring center, there are also reasons why a company that contracts out its monitoring could be an okay choice. For example, new companies that are just coming on the market – which sometimes have better equipment and policies than the existing companies – might need to use a contract center until they get big enough. Plus a contract center specializes only in emergency calls, and as a company they’re not distracted by trying to sell medical alert systems.
It is important that you work with a company that has a monitoring center located in the country where you are.
See reviews and detailed information
Below are all the monitored medical alert systems I’ve reviewed. I strongly recommend diving into my long explanation of how to choose a system before you start looking at reviews.
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Top of the line mobile medical alert with GPS and add-on fall detection.As low as $45.79 per month
The Lively is a mobile medical alert from GreatCall. It replaces their previous product, the Splash. This is a small GPS panic button that works anywhere you can get a cell signal. It’s small and light, and comes in two colors. The Lively is waterproof …As low as $19.95 per month
MobileHelp’s Cellular Duo is a hybrid home and away system. The Cellular Duo from MobileHelp is a unique medical alert system that tries to provide standard speakerphone technology to protect you at home and advanced mobile medical alert technology to …As low as $36.95 per month
The MediVoice system is a pretty standard medical alert except for two things. First, you can buy the system with a two-way voice pendant rather than just the panic button. This means you can communicate with the emergency responders anywhere in your h …As low as $21.95 per month
The MediVoice Alert with two-way voice pendant is designed to give you great medical alert coverage inside and around your home. It utilizes a base station that plugs into your regular phone line and a small pendant that you carry with you. The pendant …As low as $21.95 per month
QMedic is an interesting alternative to the standard home-based speakerphone medical alert system. It has all the benefits and drawbacks of that kind of system (ease of use, limited voice range) but the added benefits of automated activity tracking and …As low as $20.00 per month
Hybrid “home and away” system with wrist button and GPS pendant. This unit has one big flaw, discussed in the review.As low as $36.62 per month
An in-home speakerphone system that uses a cellular connection. No land-line required.As low as $32.04 per month
Basic in-home speakerphone using landline.As low as $27.95 per month
A solid in-home system with fair pricing and policies.As low as $29.95 per month
A very ordinary in-home speakerphone system from a company with its own monitoring center.As low as $25.95 per month
Basic in-home speakerphone system.As low as $ per month