How to Decide which Medical Alert is Right for You

How to Decide which Medical Alert is Right for You

There are many good reasons to choose medical alert technology for 24/7 safety and protection. But with all the options available, it can be tough to decide which device is the best med alert for you. Do you spend most of your time at home? Are you always on the go? Do you want something other than a pendant – a bracelet or even a watch, perhaps?

What about the features? Fall detection is always a good idea – the CDC reports that more than one in every four seniors falls each year, and those falls can lead to serious fractures or even head injuries.1 Having a way to get immediate assistance in the aftermath of a fall can be the key to a better medical outcome. GPS might matter greatly to you too.

Fortunately, Alert1 has you covered in every case. Their personal emergency response systems offer something for every budget, lifestyle, and need. Let’s take a look at what’s available and which medical alert might be the best option for you.

In-Home Medical Alert


If you spend most of your time at home and want some peace of mind while you are in your own house, an affordable, in-home emergency button alarm is the way to go.


It’s the most affordable option, starting at only $19.95 per month, with no equipment fees and no contract required. It requires a traditional landline, and it works with a base unit placed in a convenient spot in your home. When you need help, press the button on your wearable alert pendant or wristband, and you can summon help from anywhere within a 600-foot radius of the base unit. To put that in perspective, a football field is 300 feet long.


Unlike other companies, you don’t have to worry about how many times you need to use your emergency response solution. If you need to reach out for assistance often, Alert1 makes it easy since there are no charges for button pushes. It’s all included in your low monthly fee.


It is important to remember that this system requires a landline. Most “landline” phones these days are actually “Voice Over IP” or VoIP, which is powered by the internet. Before you make your purchase, give Alert1 a call to make certain that your line is compatible with this model. If it’s not, there are wireless options available for only $10 more.


The base unit has a 24-hour battery backup, so you can be rest assured that if the power goes out, you can still get help. And you don’t have to worry about other medical equipment you might have, such as pacemakers – the device doesn’t interfere with them.


In-Home with Fall Detection Medical Alert


Those who want the simplicity of the in-home model with the addition of fall detection technology can get it with this option.


Starting at only $29 per month, this wearable medical alert pendant works with an easy-to-use base station that allows a range of 600 feet throughout your home.


Like all other medical alert buttons offered by Alert1, this pendant is showerproof. That means that you can and should wear it in the shower. Why does this matter? There are many surfaces to hit if you slip while you are in the shower or getting out of it. A report in the New York Times found that two-thirds of all falls while in the bathroom resulted in emergency room visits, and close to a third of them resulted in serious head injuries.2


Fall detection works by using tiny fall sensors built into the device. These sensors recognize a sudden change took place by measuring speed, angle, and lack of movement. That’s how they determine that you have fallen. When the sensors detect a fall, they signal the monitoring center. You don’t even have to press the personal alarm button for this to happen. It’s just part of how fall detection works.


On-the-Go Medical Alert


With the speaker built right into the button, this medical alert system for elderly adults is designed for people who desire protection everywhere they go, or who simply prefer an emergency alert button that has the speaker built right into the pendant itself.


The mobile technology uses cell phone towers, and comes with everything you need for the device to work upon arrival. It starts at $38 per month and as always, there are no equipment fees. This lightweight option comes as a pendant or you can also use it clipped onto a belt (comes with a belt clip) or clipped into your pocket.


When you press the button to reach a trained professional, you’ll speak to someone who has a list of your pre-determined contacts right in front of them. They will assess the situation and help you decide who to call. If it’s a minor emergency, they will reach out to someone you’ve requested on your contact list. But if it’s a dire emergency, or you can’t speak to tell them what is happening, they will send emergency services to your location immediately.


On-the-Go + Fall Detection Medical Alert


For those who want the protection of a mobile medical alert as well as the peace of mind that comes from fall detection technology, this one does the trick. It offers the same ability to simply press the button to reach out for help, but the fall detection feature can send an alert automatically without you having to press the button at all.


The built-in GPS allows the monitoring center to pinpoint your exact location, even if you can’t speak to tell them where you are. This makes this option an exceptional choice for those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors, who love traveling, or who may be prone to disorientation. Let’s say you’re away from home when you suffer a medical emergency, run out of gas, or just need help. Rather than try to figure out where you are, you can simply allow the GPS to do the work for you. That can save precious minutes.


This on-the-go model works across all 50 states, so if you are an avid traveler, this is the option for you. It starts at $48/month with no equipment fees.


On-the-Go Wrist Watch Medical Alert + GPS + Pedometer


This is a unique option well-suited for those who want something sportier than a classic medical alert.


It looks like a sporty wrist watch (and works like one, too) but offers so much more. The GPS in the watch uses the power of satellites to find where you are. Press the button and communicate with live help directly through the watch.


There’s even a weather app included so you always know what the day is going to look like. Charge it for two or three hours at night as you sleep and you’re good to go every morning.


The watch also includes a pedometer for those who want to track their steps for better health. The CDC suggests that those who take 10,000 steps or more each day are in the best health; however, according to Medical News Today, between 7,000 and 8,000 might be a better target for senior adults.3


In-Home + On-the-Go + Fall Detection


Don’t want to choose between the in-home model and the on-the-go option? You can have both!


This bundle comes with the attractive on-the-go option as well as the in-home pendant with the base unit. This allows you the comfort of being able to call for help and use the larger speaker on the base unit or the versatility to slip on the on-the-go pendant to head out into the great outdoors with the same peace of mind.


This bundle starts at $58 per month and includes both pendants plus all of the associated equipment. As always, there are no equipment fees, and 2 day priority shipping is free.


Why is Alert1 the Best Medical Alert System Provider?


With a solid track record of keeping people safe for over 35 years, Alert1 offers many perks that the competitors don’t.


The company never charges for equipment and 2 day express shipping is free. You can speak to friendly sales representatives and not worry about high-pressure sales tactics, because Alert1 doesn’t work that way.


The devices are showerproof, allowing you to wear them in the shower, out in the rain, or while doing dishes and cooking. In fact, those are the times when it is most imperative that you wear the button, as your risk of a slip and fall goes up when water is involved.


There are no limits on the number of times you can press the medical alert button – you can use this senior life-saving alert system at any time, day or night. And in fact, Alert1 encourages you to press the button from time to time even if there is no emergency. This allows you to connect with the monitoring center, thus boosting your confidence and peace of mind even further.


The U.S.-based monitoring center is staffed with highly-trained professionals who handle emergencies every day. They know just what to do when your call for help comes in. They will also stay on the line with you until help arrives, so you will never face an emergency alone.


And unlike Life Alert, there are no contracts required at Alert1, so you never have to worry about penalties if you choose to stop using the device.


At Alert1, the choices are always yours. Still not sure which device you want? Call today and talk to the knowledgeable sales team to find the option that’s the best fit for your lifestyle and budget.