Top Senior Safety Alert Devices

by Fit After Fifty
Senior woman reaching out for someone's hand outside during sunset

Balance becomes trickier to maintain as our muscles lose strength and our reflexes slow through the aging process. Although we can perform exercises to improve our balance and reduce our risk of falling, we should also have a backup if we’re often alone.

Relying on your smartphone isn’t enough, since you probably won’t have the device on your person at all times (especially when you’re at home). If you have Alexa or Google Home, those devices won’t work either — at least for now — since neither can call 911, even though they can dial normal phone numbers.

Safety alert devices are your best option to stay safe both at home and on the go. But with numerous brands on the market with varying degrees of features, effectiveness, and popularity, which do you choose?

Our three favorite medical alert system providers are MobileHelp, Bay Alarm Medical, and Medical Guardian. Prices below are monthly, and refer to each provider’s most basic option for landline and mobile/GPS services.

MobileHelp

Cost of landline service: $20

Landline service coverage area: 600 feet

Cost of cellular service and GPS tracking: $38

Cost of fall detection: $10

Contract or commitment: None

Activation fee: None

Cancellation fee: None

Certifications: Food and Drug Administration, Federal Communications Commission, PTCRB, Underwriters Laboratories, AT&T Network

Additional languages: Spanish, plus 240 additional languages via an interpretation service

Cellular/mobile service provider: AT&T

Nonemergency hours for customer service: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time

In-home call button battery life: Up to five years

Mobile unit battery life: Over 24 hours after three-hour charge

 

Bay Alarm Medical

Cost of landline service: $20

Landline service coverage area: 1,000 feet

Cost of cellular service and GPS tracking: $30

Cost of fall detection: $10

Contract or commitment: None

Activation fee: None

Cancellation fee: None (full refund within the first 30 days, minus shipping)

Certifications: Underwriters Laboratories, The Monitoring Association Five Diamond Program

Additional languages: Over 180 (select a language when ordering the device)

Cellular/mobile service provider: AT&T

Nonemergency hours for customer service: Monday to Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific time; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m to 12 p.m. and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pacific time

In-home call button battery life: Five years for button without fall detection; two years for button with fall detection

Mobile unit battery life: Three days

 

Medical Guardian

Cost of landline service: $30

Landline service coverage area: 1,300 feet

Cost of cellular service and GPS tracking: $40

Cost of fall detection: $10

Contract or commitment: None

Activation fee: None

Cancellation fee: None (cancel within 10 days of receiving your order for a prorated refund — shipping included)

Certifications: Underwriters Laboratories, FM Approvals, The Monitoring Association, Electronic Security Association

Additional languages: Spanish, plus other languages via a third-party service

Cellular/mobile service provider: AT&T

Nonemergency hours for customer service: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time; Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time

In-home call button battery life: Up to five years

Mobile unit battery life: 24 hours

 

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