Can a Low Cost Medical Alert System Offer Good Protection?

Can a Low Cost Medical Alert System Offer Good Protection?

Did you know that every second of every day, a senior or elderly adult suffers a fall? That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which also reports that falls are the leading cause of injury among those aged 65 and older. Though many falls result in bumps, bruises, and damage to your pride, it just takes one very serious fall to result in hospitalization – three million seniors are treated in the emergency department for falls each year and many falls result in a broken bone or a traumatic brain injury.1


No one wants to suffer a fall or other medical emergency. But what if you do? Lying on the floor waiting for help to arrive is a devastating consequence that could lead to even more serious medical problems and even death. Wearing a personal emergency response solution, or PERS, is the answer.  

Some of the most famous companies that offer a personal alarm button might discourage you with their high prices and long contracts. The good news is that not everyone is expensive or locks you in to a contract like Life Alert does (the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” folks).

Alert1 Medical Alert Systems is the low-cost leader in the field, and there are no contracts at all. Let’s look at what you get when you choose to go with this reputable, responsive company.

More Expensive Med Alerts Aren’t Necessarily Better

You might look at the variety of medical alert wireless options out there and think that the one with the highest price is the best one. According to the journal Psychology & Marketing, this is actually a psychological phenomenon that companies of all kinds take advantage of to trick consumers into paying more.2

The idea is that a person sees two items that look the same or similar, but one of them has a higher price tag than the other. Your mind automatically believes that the one with the higher price is the better option. But studies have shown that once consumers actually buy the product and work with it, they realize that the higher cost doesn’t translate into better quality.

If you’re looking for something with a few more bells and whistles, you might choose to pay more. But when comparing apples to apples, higher prices just mean paying more for the same thing.

So if you see two medical alert systems for seniors and they both look the same but one company charges more, be wary.

Alert1 is the Low-Cost Leader for Medical Alerts

Alert1 is the low-cost leader for high-quality medical alert technology. Let’s look at what you get when you choose to go with Alert1.

Prices start at $19.95/month for the basic in-home service. That includes the medical alert pendant, the base station, and other small accessories you need. You system arrives pre-programmed and ready to use right out of the box. The base station includes a 24-hour battery backup in case the power goes out. You can upgrade its showerproof pendant to include fall detection for an extra $10 per month.

This price is the lowest in the industry. But the savings doesn’t stop there.

Equipment Fees and Shipping Costs

Many medical alert device companies charge fees for the equipment before they send it to you. And besides that, many of them charge shipping costs. So you’re already paying a good amount of money just to have the necessary equipment shipped to your home.

With Alert1, equipment use is free except for their medical alert watch. And FedEx 2 day priority shipping is free. That’s a tremendous savings right there.


As mentioned, some companies like Life Alert require long contracts, but Alert1 requires no contracts. That means that if you choose to end your service for whatever reason, you can, and there is no penalty.

Though there is no contract required with Alert1, you can get a discount if you choose to prepay. But even when you choose to prepay, you’re not locked in. You can cancel at any time and if you have prepaid your account, you will receive a prorated refund for the months you didn’t use. Alert1 makes it simple and easy!

Usage Charges

Alert1 never charges for button pushes. No matter how many times you need to call for help, it’s all covered in your monthly fee. This comes in especially helpful at times when you are dealing with a new medical issue or recovering from a serious medical crisis. It can even help quite a bit during those times you are switching to a new medication and feeling the side effects for the first time, such as dizziness or lightheadedness.

And sometimes, it can be tough to gauge what’s a true medical emergency. A good example is a panic attack. Most descriptions of panic attacks compare them to a heart attack. According to the Cleveland Clinic, 11% of all Americans will suffer a panic attack each year.3 And millions of people wind up in emergency rooms during those anxiety attacks. Why? Because panic attacks can mimic heart attacks so closely that even doctors can be unsure of what’s happening until the tests come back.

This is a time when a medical alert button alarm comes in very handy. You don’t have to sit and wait, wondering if you’re having a panic attack or if you’re dealing with a true heart attack. You can press the button and let the trained professionals at the monitoring center assess the situation. They can get help on the way immediately, no matter what the situation turns out to be – and it won’t cost you for that button push, no matter how many times you choose to call for help. There’s also no charge for the time the monitoring center spends on the line with you. Always better to be safe than sorry, so press the button as often as needed without worry.

What About the Pricier Devices?

Alert1 offers several types of senior life-saving alert systems to choose from, including on-the-go options. The most affordable on-the-go alert begins at $29.95 per month, with the option of adding fall detection protection for $10/month. This mobile alert system allows you to travel coast to coast and uses the Verizon or AT&T networks to keep you connected to the monitoring center if you ever need to press the button.

There is even a medical alert watch, great for those who are on the go all the time and want protection that doubles as a sports watch. The watch looks like a classic wristwatch but has a button right in the face, ready for your call. It also has a weather app so you can plan your day and a pedometer to track your steps. Monthly service fees for 24/7 monitoring begin at $29.95. The watch has a one-time system purchase of $179. You get the attractive watch, the protection you need for falls and medical emergencies, as well as the bells and whistles that make it fun to use on a daily basis for a price less than that of a simple wristwatch that only tells time.

If you want to go with a free system option that gives you the power of the classic pendant in a medical alert bracelet or wristband, we’ve got you covered there as well!

Staying Safe with Alert1 at an Affordable Price

Whether you need a pendant to wear in the shower and around the house or something that travels with you to the grocery store or even across the country, Alert1 has you covered.

The med alert devices and service Alert1 provides are top notch. In fact, the monitoring center is one of the only in the industry that stays on the line with members until help arrives in person—so no one ever faces an emergency alone. That is a priceless feature for yourself or someone you love.

The medical alert system with fall detection and GPS is the most popular device. When you choose this option, you are ensuring that if you do suffer a fall, the tiny fall sensors in the device can detect it and alert the monitoring center on your behalf without you needing to press the button at all. This protection is the peace of mind that is well worth the affordable price of monitoring. Alert1 is proof that less expensive options can be just as good and even better than the rest!