If you’re a caregiver for a disabled senior, it’s natural to worry about the additional challenges your loved one faces. You want to be sure that even when you’re not around, they will be safe and able to get help if they need it.
We recommend a medical alert for all seniors, especially those living alone. The reasonable cost is more than worth the peace of mind that comes from knowing help is only ever a button away. For seniors who have a disability, a medical alert device means someone has their back at all times.
How We Chose the Best Medical Alerts for Seniors With Disabilities
Hours of research
Hours of product testing
While almost any medical alert bracelet can help those with disabilities, there are a few key traits we looked for when testing and choosing the best systems overall:
Home and away options: For those with disabilities, it’s especially important for them to have a direct line for help when they’re outside of the home. Because of this, we looked for providers that offered systems for both in and out of the home.
GPS technology: In order to send help to the right place, it’s important for monitoring agents to determine an exact location when using your mobile system. For this reason, we only included companies that offer GPS medical alerts.
Fall detection: While fall detection is a standard add-on feature of most medical alert systems, we tested each medical alert system with fall detection for both accuracy and quick response.
Caregiver features: At their core, medical alert systems are communicative tools, so we looked for medical alert systems that allow loved ones to check up on the user, even from afar.
Affordable pricing: We think it’s important that you find a medical alert provider that doesn’t require long-term contracts. Not only do each of these providers offer month-to-month subscription options, but they also offer free trial periods.
List of the Best Medical Alert Systems for the Disabled
Bay Alarm Medical offers a wide range of medical alerts, from their traditional home medical alert system to their SOS medical alert watch. For people with disabilities, however, I’d recommend checking out their In-Home + GPS system.
For $39.95 per month, the Bay Alarm In-Home + GPS system includes a traditional base station and help button combination. This can help keep you safe in the home, especially with the addition of fall detection. Additionally, this system includes a GPS-enabled mobile unit. Not only can you use the GPS button to make calls from any place that has a cellular signal, it can also accurately report your location to both loved ones and first responders.
Bay Alarm Medical prices start at $24.95 per month for the basic in-home system; with fall detection, it costs an additional $10 per month.
When it comes to medical alert systems, Medical Guardian has long been one of our favorites. They offer medical alert devices for just about any need, from their basic landline system to their advanced smartwatch, the MGMove.
For people with disabilities, I would recommend the Active Guardian, Medical Guardian’s premier mobile system. This system features fall detection, a speakerphone, GPS, and a help button all built into one compact device. What’s more, this device’s battery lasted me for six days before I needed to recharge it –– one of the longest battery lives I’ve seen on a medical alert.
Medical Guardian costs a bit more than the average medical alert system, with their basic, in-home system starting at $29.99 per month, and the Active Guardian starting at $44.95 per month. Both systems also require an additional $10 monthly for fall detection. Still, it’s hard to beat this level of quality, both in terms of the equipment and the professional monitoring.
A newcomer in the world of medical alerts, Aloe Care Health makes voice-activated medical alerts that are ideal for those prone to forgetting their help buttons. For people with disabilities, I’d recommend one of their premium systems that includes motion sensors and a mobile unit.
The Aloe Care Health Total Care Package includes a base unit, help button, mobile unit, wall-mounted fall sensor, and two motion sensors. While this system costs $299.99 for the equipment and a monthly $49.99, it’s hard to think of a better way to keep someone safe in every room and even outside. Users can place emergency calls through either the help button, by voice commands, or even through the wall-mounted fall detection.
What’s more, with each Aloe Care system, caregivers can keep track of their loved ones through the Aloe Care Health app. This app, in addition to notifying you of activity levels (through the motion sensors), can also be used to place check-in calls directly to the user’s system. I found this particularly helpful for non-emergency communication.
Aloe Care Health prices are a bit higher than other systems on this list, starting at $24.99 per month with a $99 equipment fee. However, their products are ideal for keeping people safe in and out of their homes.
FYI: CVS has now begun selling Aloe Care Health products under their brand. To learn more about these medical alert systems, check out my CVS Health Symphony review.
Non-emergency call capabilities
Activity, temperature, and air quality monitoring
No long-term contracts
Affordable mobile system
Detailed app for caregivers
Fall detection at no extra cost
Higher start-up costs
No spouse monitoring
Amie has been writing about senior care products and services for the last decade. She is particularly passionate about new technologies that help improve the quality of life for seniors and their families. Seeing her parents and grandparents age made Amie ask herself, “Would this be good enough for my loved ones?” In her spare time, Amie enjoys outdoor adventures and spontaneous road trips. Learn more about Amie here