Finding the right medical alert system can be tough. It requires time, patience and a good deal of research. Many of you come to The Senior List® to find answers to your medical alert system questions, and we LOVE being a part of that experience. Many times we're asked to recommend a “one size fits all” medical alert system, but we really try to shy away from that practice.
We prefer to offer several quality medical alert providers that we know can do the job. By giving the consumer a short-list, they can then begin to research the right fit AND form for themselves (or their loved one). It would be easy to tell you that we love GreatCall, Philips Lifeline, Bay Alarm Medical, and anything from Costco (and we do) but the right medical alert system for one may NOT be the right medical alert system for another!
Here's a common question from one of our community members here at TheSeniorList.com. The question (a good one) from Russ is:
“Which ones do you recommend I look at? I know Life Alert has a 36 month (3 year) contract which surprises me. Why does it require that? Questionable. Expensive also at $70 a month for the mobile plan. But is it the best one (forget pricing)?”
The answer is not an easy one with limited information, but here's my attempt:
Russ, It really depends on your needs which is hard to determine in a quick comment but I’ll try. If all you need is a functioning medical alert system (small pendant) for in-home use we like both Philips Lifeline and Bay Alarm. If you don’t care about size of the wearable look at Costco’s MediPendant or the GreatCall Splash. If you need a mobile alert system (cellular) there are some other interesting options and newer alert systems to look at.
Why don’t you try our Medical Alert System Buyers Guide? – Hope that helps, there are a lot of really great choices out there. We always recommend that you DO NOT sign a long-term agreement. If you do, make sure you have an out clause that allows you to leave without penalty (or minimal penalty). The reason we offer a variety of recommended options for consumers is that we want people to do their homework on these items. Each person's needs are unique, so you need to ask medical alert providers good questions to narrow down the options that are right for you. – Amie, The Senior List
We'll continue to review the latest medical alert systems, and provide practical information to make your decisions easier (and more informed). Remember after narrowing down your choices (find 3 you're comfortable with), it's time to really dig-in. Look around The Senior List and other sites for ratings and/or reviews. Speak to the customer service representatives at each provider and as a few good questions, if they're no good on the phone you might want reconsider them as a top choice.
What recommendations do you have for somebody researching medical alert systems for the first time? Tell us in the comments below!