Medical Alert Review

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Medical alert systems, often also called personal emergency response systems (PERS) or medical emergency response systems (MERS), are a great way to get help in such tough situations. These systems can get immediate help at the push of a button. And if you pick the right service, you don’t even have to do that. Think of it as finding a high-speed internet provider.

The whole concept depends on wearable technology that the senior in question should always have on their person, whether it is a bracelet or a pendant or a clip-on (yes it comes in different forms) so that the crisis never turns into a catastrophe.

Medical Alert, the largest of such services in the US, is a Connect America company that provides these services and does it efficiently, 24 hours a day for seven days a week.

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Its tagline ‘Help At the Push of a Button’ tells you most of the story. But, here’s the technical aspect of it. Medical Alert makes devices that allow you to speak with an operator and get help after a fall. Or you can select a service that lets the operators use ‘fall detection’ technology to find your location using GPS and send help. They have many products that can make this happen.

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The products are trusted by families, hospitals and healthcare operators across the nation with good reason. Medical Alert provides services at home and on the go. The gadgets are lightweight and waterproof and it requires no activation fees or long-term contracts that trick you into staying with the company even if you are unhappy. Here’s something else that will put your mind at ease. Every product comes with automatic fall detection so you never have to worry about not being able to push the button.
The products that are affordable and Medical Alert offers great customer service, two things you want from every product in the market.

Medical Alert At Home Landline System

This is a landline system that offers protection 24 hours a day for seven days a week as promised. It has a two-way speaker which allows you to speak with an operator right after pushing the button. That way, you get to brief the emergency response operators about the seriousness of your situation and get the help you need. You can also choose to add fall detection technology for a small price which then means you don’t even have to press the button.

The set comes with a base unit that can be plugged into a wall and attached to the phone cord of a landline and a waterproof emergency button in the form of a pendant or a bracelet.

Pros

  • No long-term contracts.
  • Two-way communication.
  • Optional enabling of fall detection technology.
  • Waterproof gadgets can be worn in the shower.
  • Enabled with battery backup protection.
  • Free shipping for semi-annual and annual payments.
  • One month free with annual payments.
  • Free lockbox for annual payments.
  • Friendly customer service.

Cons

  • Only for indoor use.
  • Price increases as you add services.
  • Annual payments cannot be terminated midway.
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Features

  • Two-way communication with an operator.
  • It is compatible with landline and most VoIP phone connections.
  • Enabled with fall detection technology, if you choose to get it.
  • Comes with battery backup which is helpful if there is a blackout or power outage.
  • Payment can be monthly, semi-annually or annually.
  • Free shipping, extra neck button and a complimentary lockbox.

At Home No Landline Medical Alert System

Not having a landline is no reason to panic. That’s what the At Home No Landline system is all about. It is a wireless system with a base station and a button that connects you to the operators and gets you the help you need. It has a wireless base unit and a button in the form of a bracelet or a pendant.

Pros

  • Don’t need a landline or mobile phone devices or contracts.
  • No long-term contract.
    Can be used in the shower since it is waterproof.
  • Buyers can opt for fall detection technology.
    Has battery backup.

Cons

  • Enabling fall detection costs extra.
  • Only for home use.
  • Protection doesn’t come along if you are on the move.
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Features

  • Does not require a landline or mobile phone.
  • Works on the AT&T network.
  • You don’t need a cellular contract.
  • Has an integrated two-way speaker.
  • The button is lightweight and waterproof.
  • Has the option of fall detection technology.
  • Comes with battery backup protection.

MobileElite - On The Go

Now, it is natural to be a little nervous when you step out with your elderly knowing that there is a system at home that keeps them completely safe. But the solution is not to keep them locked-up at home. You will be tempted to check with the company if they offer on-the-go services and with Medical Alert, you’re in luck.

The company has mobile medical alert buttons especially for seniors who are still active and like going out, whether it is for a walk or a jog or to socialize. Medical Alert’s mobile alert system makes sure to identify their location and provide help should an accident occur. As with its home equipment, all you need to do is press the button and an operator will respond as soon as possible. 

Pros

  • GPS enabled, so offers protection outside the house.
  • Battery works for about five days, albeit depending on activity and usage.
  • You can choose to enable fall detection technology.
  • Lightweight and waterproof neck or wrist buttons can be used in the shower.
  • Easy to use. Comes with instructions.
  • No long-term contract.
  • Users who pay annually get one month free

Cons

  • Extra services like fall detection cost extra.
  • Annual payments cannot be terminated midway.
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Features

  • The handheld device comes with a carrying case.
  • You don’t need a landline or mobile phone.
  • Still works on the AT&T network.
  • You don’t need a cellular contract.
  • Works on advanced GPS technology.
  • Has a built-in two-way speaker with button access for emergencies.
  • Optional fall detection pendant.
  • Comes with battery backup.

Fall Detection Technology

Automatic fall detection is really a boon. Each of these devices works very well just the way it is manufactured. But in life, as in a horror-thriller movie, some twists are to be expected. Make no mistake there will be days when pressing a button and communicating with another person seems like an impossible thing to do. But if you omit to enable their medical alert buttons with fall detection technology, you will be leaving them a tad vulnerable to danger. If they are at risk of having a heart attack or a seizure, this might just be the thing that saves their life. You can rest easy knowing that even if they can’t press the button, an operator will get in touch with them and get them help.
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Costs

We could say what’s money when compared to the life of a loved one but that is an emotional argument, not a practical one. So here’s the latter.

Each of these devices is reasonably priced so that as many people as possible can afford it. While loyalty is another thing that you cannot put a price on, the longer you commit to using a product, the cheaper it gets. This means the annual plan is slightly cheaper than the semi-annual one which in turn is cheaper than the monthly plan. But this is not a trap so you have the option of picking any one of the three.

Medical Alert At Home Landline System

  • Monthly: $22.95/ month
  • Semi-Annual: $119.70/ 6 months ($19.95/month)
  • Annual: $219.48/year ($18.29/month)
  • Starts at $18.29 per month

At Home No Landline Medical Alert System

  • Monthly: $32.95/month
  • Semi-Annual: $179.70/6 months ($29.95/month)
  • Annual: $329.40/year ($27.45/month)
  • Starts at $27.45 per month

MobileElite - On The Go

  • Monthly: $37.95/month
  • Semi-Annual: $209.70/6 months ($34.95/month)
  • Annual: $384.48/year ($32.04/month)
  • Starts at $32.04 per month

Just an extra $10, you can pick add-on services like fall detection technology where the operator detects a fall and contacts you instead of the other way round.

Medical Alert Mobile App

At this point, you probably still have one question. “How will I know if my parent or grandparent has an incident while I’m away?” The Medical Alert Connect app takes care of that. It is a quick and simple way of monitoring all the seniors in your care, whether you are a family member or a healthcare provider. The app allows you to check device status and a list of all your subscribers. Also, the list of subscribers is updated as and when there is a new account. And in crisis, the app gives instant push notifications, whether it is being used for real or a new user is testing their device. We know the importance of test drives. You can also use the app to connect to the operators for additional information. Download and get going.
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Summary

Statistically speaking, one out of every four Americans who are 65 years or older falls every year. Not all but some of these falls are fatal. Do you want to take that chance with your loved one? Family members or healthcare practitioners, both categories of people have seniors to attend to. Sometimes it is one and sometimes it’s multiple people. Do you really want to risk a fatal fall? We know you don’t. But that doesn’t mean you need to be attached at the hip. Medical Alert systems have made life a hundred times easier with these devices. And when you enable fall detection, it really is seamless. So go ahead and get some peace of mind. For once, it can be bought.

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