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With medical alert systems often costing upwards of $50 per month, you might be wondering if you have to purchase an additional one for your roommate or spouse. Luckily, several medical alert companies offer free or discounted coverage. For a one-time purchase of an additional help button, LifeFone and Bay Alarm Medical allow you to add additional users to the same system. Medical Guardian, on the other hand, charges a small extra fee on a monthly basis.
There’s an image of the typical medical alert user (one we are committed to changing) of a frail elderly person living alone. Of course, someone in that situation will absolutely benefit from a medical alert. But what about those who are still very active or those who live with a partner or roommate?
It’s easy to think that if a person lives with their partner, they don’t need a medical alert. After all, can’t their partner just call 911? Well, we think a medical alert is absolutely necessary even if someone lives with a partner. After all, their partner won’t necessarily know what to do in an emergency.
They might panic and not know who to call. Or if the situation doesn’t seem serious enough to call 911 straight away, they might call around to friends and family but find no one nearby who can respond.
Depending on circumstances, if a senior falls, their partner might not be physically or mentally able to get up and call 911, for example, if they’re ill, or suffering from dementia. And there might be times when their partner is asleep or out running errands.
There are several medical alert companies that offer free or low-cost coverage for a second person. There’s no need to buy a whole second set of equipment – all that’s needed is a second wearable button that’s linked to the system and can be used to summon help.
For seniors who live with their partner, we highly recommend getting a medical alert that will cover their partner as well, for a low cost.
Bay Alarm Medical is one of our favorite providers. They offer excellent quality and value for money, and their dedication to good customer service is second to none. They’ve been around for 70+ years, making them one of the pillars of the medical alarm community!
In terms of couples monitoring, all you have to do is purchase one of their in-home systems, either the landline or cellular version. Then, during the checkout process, you will have the option of purchasing additional wrist or lanyard help buttons, either of which will cost you a one-time fee of $35. That’s it! Whether you want the extra buttons for yourself or for a loved one, this flat cost will allow additional devices to be paired to your system.
In addition to extra help buttons, Bay Alarm Medical also allows you to purchase additional fall detection pendants. These will cost $15 per month. Extra wall buttons will each cost a one-time fee of $35.
Medical Guardian offers a wide range of options, so there’s always a medical alert system to fit your lifestyle. We especially like the addition of voice-activated wall buttons so seniors can get help if they fall, even if they’re not wearing their pendant and can’t reach the wall button.
Similar to Bay Alarm Medical, Medical Guardian also provides the option of purchasing additional help buttons during the checkout phase. If you want more wrist or lanyard help buttons, they’ll cost an extra $2.99 per month. Additionally, extra fall detection buttons can be leased for $10 per month, ensuring that more than one person will have added protection in the event of a fall.
There is, however, a maximum of three buttons that you can add to your system, and this includes wearable buttons, fall buttons, and wall buttons.
LifeFone is another stalwart of the medical alert community. They offer reliable alert systems backed by a good range of add-on features and accessories. LifeFone stands out by offering a landline-based system that actually travels with you, so customers can take it with them if they go to stay with family or friends. Their in-home system also has an impressive connectivity range of 1,300 feet, making it one of the largest coverage areas I’ve seen.
To add a spouse or roommate to your LifeFone system, all you need to do is purchase additional help buttons during checkout. An extra wristband or lanyard help button will cost a one-time fee of $39.95. Alternatively, for the user a bit bashful about wearing a piece of medical alert equipment, you can purchase a vanity pendant for $71.95. These stylish wearables mask the appearance of your help button, making them look more like a piece of jewelry.
For seniors who live with a spouse, getting medical alert protection for you both only makes sense. Choosing a provider that lets a spouse join for free (or very inexpensively), makes it easy to ensure you’re both covered in the event of an emergency.