The Benefits of Senior Monitoring Systems

Senior monitoring systems come in a variety of styles and have limitless applications. But there is a difference between a senior monitoring system and a senior alarm system. In most cases, senior alarms are unmonitored, whereas medical alert systems are monitored.

In the simplest terms, a monitored medical alert system connects the user to a trained call operator. This operator helps determine who is best to contact, then stays on the line until help arrives. An unmonitored medical alert system often connects the user directly to emergency services.

Each medical alert system has its own benefits and drawbacks. We’ll unpack each option to help you decide which is best for your needs. We want to point out that Alert1 only provides senior monitoring systems that utilize a call center. This is the safest, most effective, and easiest way for our users to get the help they need while experiencing an emergency.

What are the Advantages of a Monitored Alert Systems?

There are two types of medical alert systems: monitored and unmonitored. Each option has its own applications and advantages, but senior monitoring systems are safer, easier to use, and more reliable. The below chart outlines the benefits of each type of medical alert system. 

Monitored Medical Alert Systems


Unmonitored Medical Alert systems


Reliable Service – Because users pay a monthly fee to use a monitored alert system, they will always have access to a call center and their Circle of Care.

Inexpensive – These devices typically incur a single cost at the time of the purchase. However, this means that if the device breaks or is damaged, you will need to replace it yourself – and pay that cost again.

Always Useful – Plus, you can use these devices outside of your home. Unmonitored medical alert systems often only work inside the home and require a landline connection.


Sometimes Useful – Because these systems often connect users directly to a 911 operator, they are very useful in some situations. This includes things like extreme allergic reactions, bad falls, and some household emergencies.

Flexible Applications – A monitored alert system can be used in a variety of situations – from a car accident or a fall to alerting friends and family to power outages and severe weather.



Unlimited Presses – A monitored alert system connects users to a call center. Because you are not connected directly to 911, you will not be penalized for pressing your button often.



Prioritize Comfort – Call center operators are trained to help users in a variety of situations – from requiring emergency care to needing to get in touch with a family member. Plus, at Alert1, operators stay on the phone until help arrives. Monitored systems guarantee a better experience in the case of an emergency.




Senior Monitoring Systems from Alert1

If you’re searching for a safe and effective medical alert system, look no further than Alert1. All our devices are monitored. No matter where you are, what you’re doing, or what type of care you need, you’ll be able to access help in a moment of crisis. We have a variety of devices to suit a wide range of senior lifestyles. When you press an Alert1 button, you can feel confident that a friendly, confident voice will always answer your call.