Activity trackers are all the rage these days. Initially marketed to active young adults, we are seeing this trend work its way into products marketed to the boomer and senior demographic. Enter Lively. This functional and modern safety watch provides the standard step counting you find with other smart watches, but so much more! Lively can provide medication reminders, step counting, family alerts, activity monitoring, and an alert button. Oh, and it’s waterproof and tells time too (analog or digital).
Lively is Functional and Stylish
Readers often ask if we can recommend an alert system that comes in a more stylish form, like a watch or piece of jewelry. Lively’s safety watch is simple, modern, and has watchband color choices (coming soon). The watch can also be used with a user’s favorite standard watch band. It’s simple interface is easy to navigate and customize (customizing can be done remotely by a family member or caregiver) and the simple white-on-black lettering makes it easy to read.
Lively can Call for Help
When the help button is depressed on the Lively safety watch, the call center will try to reach the user by phone. If the call center is unable to make contact with the user, they will attempt to reach emergency contacts and dispatch emergency services if needed. In addition to the push button feature, Lively will offer a fall detection feature (Fall 2015) that will be an optional add-on.
The Lively Safety Watch is accompanied by a Lively Hub and four Lively Sensors. The hub simply plugs into an electrical outlet in the user’s home and the sensors are then placed on movable objects around the home. Common placement of the sensors are pill boxes, refrigerator doors, shower doors, and other objects that the user would move, open, or close on a daily basis. When the sensors are in place, no interaction with them is required. Once the sensors establish patterns of activity, alerts can be sent to designated family or caregivers if there are abnormalities in the daily routine. For example, if the door of the refrigerator does not open in the morning, it could be an indication of a missed meal. Notifications can be sent to anyone who is designated at setup by email, text, or the mobile app.
Lively is priced right when you compare it to similar products. The initial cost for equipment is $49.95 for the Lively Safety Watch, Hub, and four Lively Sensors. The monthly subscription ranges from $27.95-$34.95 depending on if you pay monthly, annually, or every two years. Lively currently offers the first month free.
The Bottom Line
We would recommend Lively to anyone who is looking for 1) a stylish non-pendant medical alert system 2) a medical alert solution that doesn’t require a phone line or in-home internet 3) anyone looking for non-invasive activity monitoring in the home. We also like the low monthly cost of Lively that is very comparable to other medical alert systems.
We will be adding Lively to our “Favorites List”, if you have used Lively and have any feedback about your experience, we would love to hear about it below!