AARP Recommends How to Choose Medical Alerts

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Serious injuries, lengthy hospital stays, and high medical bills are just some of the outcomes after a senior fall. One in three people over the age of 65 falls every year from dangers in and out of their home, according to [insert here].

That's why the AARP Recommends medical alerts to increase senior safety. The AARP is highly trusted and valued in the senior care industry, so their opinion counts.

But how do you choose which medical alert is best for you? Luckily, we compiled a list of AARP approved questions to consider when shopping. Here are AARP’s recommendations for choosing a medical alert. 

What Are My Needs?

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With so many medical alert options, you must first assess your needs to better figure out what is best for you. AARP recommends you consider these three situations:

  • I need protection only in my home. If you are looking for in home protection, a home medical alert will fit your needs. The system includes a base station with a pendant to wear throughout your home. Remain safe and independent as you age in place with your home unit.
  • I need to protection on the go, not just at home. If you are an active senior who drives and spends your day on the go, a mobile medical alert is what you need. They are GPS enabled and can detect your location when you need anywhere you go.
  • I need to prevent falls. If you have a medical condition that makes you prone to falls, have a history of falls, or simply want to prevent them, a fall detection pendant is the answer. A fall detection help button will sense a fall and contact help for you. In-home and GPS fall pendants are available so you can choose the system best for you. 


What Features Should I Look For?

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When shopping for a medical alert system, the AARP recommends that the device should have certain quality features. Luckily, Alert1 devices meet AARP’s recommended quality standards:

  • The medical alert should be wearable. Your help button should have the options of being worn as a necklace, wristband, or as a belt clip. Alert1 offers all these options in our home and mobile medical alerts.
  • Your help button must be discreet and unobtrusive. The help button should never obviously be noticeable, bulky, or unattractive. Alert1 medical alerts are discreet, comfortable and lightweight so they never get in the way of your lifestyle.
  • The medical alarm button must be waterproof. You need to be able to use your help button when using the shower, and stepping in or out. Bathrooms are the number one room in a house responsible for falls. A showerproof medical alert ensures your safety when you need it most.
  • Your medical alert service must have a wide range, with options in and out of the house. Your home medical alert must work all throughout your home and yard. If you have a mobile alert, you should have protection everywhere you go. With Alert1, your home unit works in and around your home, and your mobile alert works nationwide.


What Kind of Response Services are Best?

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The AARP recommends that your medical alert should have specific response service qualities. Fortunately, Alert1 satisfies these AARP recommended response service requirements:

  • Response center is open 24/7 with certified operators. You need reliability that you can depend on. Alert1 has two US-based 24/7 Command Centers that are UL Listed and TMA 5 Diamond Certified. Our certified operators are trained to get you the help you need and stay on the line with you until help arrives.  
  • Quick and simple response process. Alert1 is as simple as it gets. Just press your help button or the automatic fall detection will sense your fall. Our Command Center operator quickly responds and sends help your way.
  • Personalized emergency responders to come to your aid. Alert1’s Circle of Care lets you pick whom you want to come help you, in the order you want. You pick three responders of your choosing—they can be family members, a neighbor, or someone you trust. 911 emergency services are automatically added as a fourth responder.
  • Helpful and quality customer service. Customer service is essential, and Alert1 provides 24/7 support. We offer a number of reliable of support and customer service options with your medical alert service. If you have any questions about your plan, just call our member care services. If you have trouble shooting or device questions, call our technical support. We also offer helpful FAQs on our website. 

What Type of Pricing Details Should I Look Out For?


You want quality service at an affordable price. Here’s what the AARP recommends you need to know about pricing details for medical alerts:

  •  Beware of companies that require lengthy contracts. Nobody likes being stuck in a long-term contract. Unlike other medical alert companies, Alert1 does not require long-term contracts. We offer monthly, quarterly, and annual plans for our members. We want you to have the ability to choose which plan fits your needs.
  • Look out for hidden equipment, activation, and button press fees. With Alert1, we don’t force you to pay for your equipment or charge for activation in addition to your service. We also offer free unlimited button presses with your help button so protection is never limited. All Alert1 service is in one single monthly price, unlike other companies who charge you extra.
  • Make sure the service has an optional warranty. We know accidents happen. Warranty will insure your unit for any accidents that may occur. At Alert1, we offer an A1AP warranty, the Alert1 Advantage Plan. In the event of damage or destruction of the device, you won't need to pay for the cost of replacement equipment. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and you don’t want to be put at risk if your unit becomes inoperable.


Alert1 Satisfies All of the AARP Recommendations

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If you trust how the AARP recommends choosing medical alerts, then you can trust Alert1. We satisfy AARP criteria and make it our mission to provide quality service. Once you join the Alert1 family, you will enjoy living safely, independently, and never look back. 



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Brad Downey

7:05 PM on October 17, 2017
I love all the discounts I get from AARP!
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