The Best Medical Alert Systems for 2021

Finding the right medical alert system for seniors or “personal help button” can be difficult. There are lots of choices available and the costs of medical alerts can be prohibitive. We understand you need to research before you choose the best medical alert system for you. Our medical alert comparison hub will give you the information and pricing needed to help you make a decision. We're confident you'll find that Alert1 offers the best value in the industry today.

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What questions should I ask before choosing a medical alert?

You’re aware of how medical alert systems can help seniors aging in place, but do you know the questions to ask to evaluate and compare medical alerts?

How do medical alert systems work?

When a senior presses the medical alert button on his/her necklace or wristband, the medical alert system automatically calls our Command Center. We recommend optional, built-in fall detection for the highest level of security, as it senses falls and automatically calls our Command Center. From there, a trained emergency dispatcher will come over the two-way speaker and ask if you're ok. Based on your response, they will call your Circle of Care, emergency services, or both. If you’re unresponsive, they will call emergency services immediately, and then your circle of care.

Tip: Check out our how medical alert systems work page to see more detail.

Does the medical alert system GPS work anywhere?

Yes. The mobile medical alert system with GPS works anywhere in the continental United States. Check our coverage page for more information.

How much do medical alert systems cost?

The cost of our medical alert systems ranges between $20 and $60 per month, depending on the features and functions requested. Some competitors charge nearly three times that amount. Our pricing is very cost competitive and our plans provide some of the best value in the industry.

If I select the annual plan and something happens and I need to cancel, do I get a refund?

Yes. If you choose a longer plan, your unused prepaid portion is fully refundable.

Once an alert is sent, who gets called?

Once an alert is sent to our Command Center, a trained emergency dispatcher will come over the two-way speaker and ask if you're ok. Based on your response, he/she will call your Circle of Care (contacts that you designate in advance), emergency services, or both. If you’re unresponsive, he/she will call emergency services immediately, and then your circle of care.

See how Alert1 measures up against other medical alert system alternatives.

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Alert1 vs. Life Alert

Life Alert costs are sometimes at the high end of what medical alert systems can cost

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Alert1 vs. Bay Alarm Medical

Reviews of medical alert systems vary widely. Go with the pros

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Alert1 vs. Medical Guardian

Get an easier to use medical alert system with great service

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Alert1 vs. Great Call

Only pay for what you need. Don’t pay for what you don’t

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Alert1 vs. Mobile Help

Don’t let limited offerings or high prices hold you back

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Alert1 vs. ADT Medical Alert

A dedicated medical alert system for seniors vs. an alarm company

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Focus on what matters most

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  • Get the best medical alert system for seniors and their families
  • Pay for what you need and cancel when you want with no penalty and no questions asked
  • Enjoy best in class customer support
  • Compare to the cost for Life Alert. See if you can get a better value
  • Rest easy, knowing our Command Centers offer 24/7/365 protection
  • Enjoy super-fast shipping powered by FedEx

7 Warning Signs to Look Out for
when Comparing Medical Alert Systems

See how Alert1 measures up against other medical alert system alternatives

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1. Long term contracts

Alert1 is pleased to offer options to suit every budget, need, and lifestyle. We recommend longer term plans at discounted monthly rates for those who are looking for the best savings. For those who prefer short-term plans, we offer monthly subscriptions as well. Some of our competitors insist on “locking” their members into multi-year plans, but at Alert1, the choice is all yours.

2. Quality of emergency response

Did you know that not all medical alert companies’ emergency operators stay on the line with you or your loved one until help arrives? At Alert1, we understand how frightening, painful, and disorienting an accident or fall could be and our US-based Command Center responders stay on the line with our members until appropriate care has been secured. With Alert1, you will never face an emergency alone.

3. The medical alert devices haven’t changed in years

At Alert1, we think you’ll discover that these aren’t your Grandmother’s medical alert systems. We offer the latest technology such as built-in Fall Detection and GPS—all contained within a small, lightweight device that can be worn as a pendant, on a wristband, on a belt clip, or even in your pocket. We also offer the latest accessories for those who are fashion-forward.

4. Bad customer reviews

Alert1 is proud of our stellar reputation amongst our members. We have over 1300 reviews and an average of 5 out of 5 stars. See our reviews here.

5. Usage charges or false alarm fees

Alert1 never assesses additional fees for multiple button pushes or false alarms. You may find that other providers penalize their members with these fees.

6. Hidden fees

Alert1 is very transparent with our pricing. It is visible on our website and there are no surprise fees. We even offer free FedEx Priority shipping with new medical alert system orders!

7. US-based service

Alert1 provides service across the nation, and is proudly headquartered right here in the USA. Our Command Center emergency agents are also based here in the US. We do not outsource any of our services.

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