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Medical Guardian vs Medical Alert


  Winnie Thomas

Medical Guardian vs Medical Alert Comparison

Both Medical Guardian and Medical Alert are well-known companies that have excellent ratings for their products, prices, and services. The question is, which medical alert system is better? Down below is the listed products and prices that each company offers.

Medical Guardian

Medical Guardian is ranked #1 among many other medical alert companies. Their exceptional products and reasonable prices have been the main reason that Medical Guardian has gone so far in the medical alert industry. The company offers its five main packages listed below.

Classic Guardian

This plan is an in-home system that connects to a landline, it comes with a base station and a waterproof emergency button either on a wristband or pendant. The button can be pushed from a maximum of 1,300 feet away from the base station, ensuring full protection around the household. With a monthly payment of only $29.95, you can get this plan, plus, there are no equipment or activation fees.

Home Guardian

This plan is almost the same as the Classic Guardian, but there are a few differences. This plan doesn’t have to be connected to a landline, it only has a range of 600 feet where the button can be pushed within the base station, and this plan has automatic fall detection capabilities for an extra fee of $10 per month. Without fall detection, the plan is $34.95 per month with no equipment or activation fees.

Mobile Guardian

This on-the-go plan comes with a GPS-enabled mobile device and a waterproof pendant or wristband emergency button option. The mobile unit has a speaker for two-way communication to speak to a trained emergency responder at a monitoring center, but for this to function, the emergency button must be pushed within 350 feet of the mobile device, so always keep it on you. With a monthly payment of $49.95 per month and no equipment or activation fees, clients can get this plan.

Active Guardian

Similar to the Mobile Guardian, this system also has WiFi capabilities to help pinpoint your location along with the already enabled GPS tracking.  This package comes with a single mobile unit that can only be worn on a pendant (waterproof), and also has optional fall detection if desired for an extra $10 per month. Without fall detection, consumers can get this system for $44.95 per month and no equipment or activation fees.

Freedom Guardian

This plan is another on-the-go GPS that is all built into a single smartwatch. To call for help, simply press a button on the side and speak to an emergency responder (via two-way communication). The watch can also do tasks such as calendar alerts and other reminders for the wearer of the watch. (with an extra fee of $5 per month) The cost of this plan is a bit more expensive compared to the others since there’s an initial equipment fee of $99 for the watch and then it’s $44.95 per month afterward. (still no activation fee)

  • Medical Guardian offers a smartwatch plan
  • Fall detection is unfortunately not available for every plan
  • Prices stay within the average range for a medical alert system, plus, no equipment or activation fees for most plans

Medical Alert

Medical Alert is a company that is well-known by consumers much like Medical Guardian, but this company offers more personalized plans to its clients. Unlike Medical Guardian, Medical Alert’s offered plans can be modified in a few more ways to make them more effective for seniors. Below are the listed plans for Medical Alert.

Standard System

This in-home system comes with a base unit linked to your landline, a waterproof pendant or wristband emergency button, a 32-hour backup battery, and fall detection capabilities (extra $10 per month). = Starting at $18.29 per month for annual payment method with no activation or equipment fees

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Cellular Base System

Another in-home system that comes with a base unit either linked to a landline or a cellular device, a waterproof pendant or wristband button, a 36-hour backup battery, and fall detection capabilities (extra $10 per month). = Starting at $27.45 per month for annual payment method with no activation or equipment fees

Mobile/GPS System

A mobile system that works for on-the-go or at home; comes with a base/mobile unit linked to a cellular device, GPS tracking, waterproof interchangeable pendant and wristband options, a 36-hour backup battery, and has fall detection capabilities (extra $10 per month). = Starting at $32.04 per month for annual payment method with no activation or equipment fees

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  • No smartwatch plan
  • Fall detection available for every plan
  • Emergency button wearing options available for all plans
  • Prices are cheaper than Medical Guardian, plus, no activation or equipment fees for any plans

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Final Thoughts

 Although both systems have similar features, it’s clear that the two companies may be suited for two different kinds of seniors’ lifestyles/preferences. Medical Guardian is made for seniors and/or loved ones who prefer to have a medical alert plan already laid out for them with excellent equipment and reasonable prices. Medical Alert is made for seniors and/or loved ones who want a plan made especially for them where they pick what makes them feel protected and secure; Additionally, the prices are also lower than Medical Guardian’s. Nevertheless, depending on what someone’s personal preferences and capabilities are, both companies offer great products, as well as other features.

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