Choosing a Medical Alert System

Purchasing a medical alert system is without a doubt an important decision. After all, your loved one’s life depends on it. Seniors and patients with different lifestyles and environments all have their own needs and thus a specific device to match, so it’s important not to pay for something they won’t use. For this reason, it is necessary to dive into the world of medical alarm systems and educate yourself about the pros and cons of a service. We’ve done the research to give you a head start and compiled a list of important questions you should ask before purchasing a medical alert system. Using our related search topics and learning about the features of the many systems available will help you find the one that best meets your needs.


1. Will the Medical Alert System Limit Me in Any Way?

Of course not, in fact they do exactly the opposite. The system is designed to provide the largest possible area of freedom without compromising the safety of the wearer. The base station – which is the heart of any in-home medical alarm system – has a wide enough range to ensure that the senior does not have to sit in the same room all day. Although the distance varies depending on the provider and its hardware, they are usually large enough to cover the entire house plus the yard or front yard. Within this protective radius, the owner is free to go wherever he wants since the signal from the auxiliary button will reach the base station. This auxiliary button is very similar to a wearable accessory such as a pendant or wristwatch and since it is waterproof, it can be safely worn even at the pool or in the shower.

2. How Does the Cancellation Work?

Well, most services can be cancelled whenever you want, but keep in mind that each company has a different refund policy. Usually, you will not get a refund of the prepaid amount if the cancellation occurs before the contract has ended. In most cases, cancellation is done by contacting customer service, but the process usually takes a while, so don’t leave it until the last minute because the subscription may be renewed in the meantime. Typically, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual subscriptions are offered, which gives plenty of room to plan ahead. Note that some companies also cancel the service only after the equipment has been returned.

3. What If My Friends See It And Make Remarks?

Don’t worry about it. The medical alert button is disguised as stylish jewelry. They can be worn as a necklace or wristband. It’s even a good idea to order an additional lanyard to make them look even more elegant. Their small size and light weight also make it easier to tuck them under your shirt or hide them in your handbag.

4. Does the Fall Detection Work All the Time?

Most providers claim that their fall detection buttons only work 95% of the time, but this wording is a bit misleading. What this actually means is that there are cases in which the fall detection does not activate. Falling from a relatively low height (less than 0.5 meters, for example) or sliding slowly to the ground are such problematic situations. There is also a small chance that the pendant will give a false alarm. Nevertheless, it is better to err on the side of caution, especially since the unwanted call can then be easily explained to the operator.

5. Is There Really a Difference Between Two Medical Alert Companies?

The mobile GPS button held in the hand with two fingersYes, and making an appropriate purchasing decision is impossible without understanding the subtle differences between personal alarm systems. Each system is unique, from basic aspects such as coverage area, available connectivity types and battery life to additional features such as fall detection, mobile buttons or GPS tracking. Reading customer and professional reviews and viewing special comparison articles will help shed some light on the matter.

Once you’ve answered these important questions, start with our related search topics so you can choose a medical alert system that fits you or your loved one’s lifestyle. There are different styles and types of medical alert systems for each individual’s needs.