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Best Medical Alert Systems for Women

One of the biggest barriers for seniors who are considering a medical alert – or whose caregivers have floated the idea – is the way they look. There’s a lot of concern among seniors about whether an alert device will look like a typical clunky medical alert system.

We’ve found this a particular concern for women. Getting older doesn’t mean we suddenly stop caring about our appearance. Seniors understandably don’t want to wear a medical alert that looks ugly. Older adults are also wary of medical alerts that look very obviously like medical devices because they don’t want to draw attention to the fact that they’re wearing it.

The best medical alert systems for women are stylish and discreet.

Wrist Buttons Or Smaller Buttons Are A Good Choice

Seniors might have an idea in their mind of what a medical alert looks like – and it’s usually clunky and unattractive. Grace and Frankie fans will remember the episode in which Frankie insisted she didn’t want to wear a medical alert because she didn’t want to feel old (she needed the alert in the end so it’s a good thing she decided to keep it with her).

We think many of our readers or their loved ones would sympathize with Frankie’s feelings! Medical alerts can be emotionally charged, especially for women. After all, no one wants to wear something that makes them feel old or frail. Many seniors tell themselves they’re not ready for an alert button quite yet.

One easy solution for many senior ladies is to opt for a wrist option. Most standard medical alert buttons can be worn on the wrist instead of around the neck. They might be a little bulkier than a standard watch but are still wearable. Some companies even offer a smartwatch option, which is fantastic as they don’t look anything like a medical alert.

Another option is to check that the pendant is small and unobtrusive enough to wear without feeling self-conscious, or even tuck inside the clothes.

Mobile Medical Alerts Can Be Carried Multiple Ways

Mobile medical alerts are often quite bulky, especially those that are integrated units rather than a unit with a separate button. However, many mobile medical alert systems can be worn on a key chain or clipped to a belt, which offers another way to carry an alert system without drawing attention to it.

Mobile alerts are also fantastic for ladies who are still active. Seniors sometimes think the right time to get a medical alert is when your health leaves you housebound, but nothing could be further from the truth. A mobile medical alert is a fantastic way to stay safe, knowing that help is at hand, without giving up on a social life or beloved activities.

Many mobile medical devices also offer caregiver tracking portals that let caregivers see device usage, battery life, and location, which adds an extra layer of safety and supports mom, aunt or grandma in staying active. For seniors who are still active, but concerned about the look of a medical alert, a mobile option could be just right.

What To Look For When Choosing A Medical Alert For Women

We know that shopping for a medical alert can feel daunting. There are so many to choose from. Here’s a handy checklist of features we think any medical device worth its salt should have.

  • Clear pricing. It should always be obvious what the alert costs on a monthly or yearly basis, and what is included in the price.
  • Comfortable to wear. An alert can’t just look right – it needs to feel right, too. If it’s not comfortable, there’s a much greater chance that the wearer will take it off and not put it on again.
  • Choice of wrist button or pendant (or multiple ways to wear for mobile devices.) Women are more likely to stick with wearing an alert if they have different wearing options and can choose the best one for them.
  • Water resistant. Whether the button is being worn in the bathroom or out in the rain, it’s important to keep it on at all times. A water-resistant button means there’s no need to take it off.
  • No long term contracts. We never recommend products that lock people into long term contracts.
  • Backup battery. Outages happen sometimes – it’s important that when the power goes out, your medical alert doesn’t.

Questions To Ask Before Buying A Medical Alert For Women

Before buying a medical alert, we recommend asking:

  • Do I have to pay an equipment or setup fee?
  • Can I cancel my contract at any time?
  • How easy is it to cancel?
  • Will I be penalized for canceling early?
  • How long is the battery life?
  • What is my monthly cost?
  • What happens if the system stops working?
  • What is the typical response time for a call?
  • How much do I have to pay to add fall detection?

How We Chose The Providers On This List

For us to recommend a company, they must have:

  • Reliable equipment that works as advertised
  • Easy-to-cancel contracts and no risk of getting locked into a long-term contract
  • Clear pricing
  • Excellent customer service
  • The option to wear as a pendant or a wrist button (for non-integrated systems.

Our Favorite Medical Alert Systems for Women

#1. MobileHelp

MobileHelp is a stalwart of the medical alert community, offering in-home and out and about options for all lifestyles. They give great customer service, too. We love that their existing equipment is so easy to use – and we’re particularly excited that they have partnered with a new jewelry company, Trelawear, to produce fashionable medical alert pendants. These are a great option for women who would rather show off a beautiful piece of high-end jewelry than a medical alert button.  Trelawear pairs with either the in-home or mobile GPS medical alert system.

Systems offered: An in-home unit with a base station (Classic), a mobile GPS system (Solo), or a combination of both (Duo.) MobileHelp also offers a smartwatch option.
What’s included: Classic comes with a base station and button. Solo comes with a mobile device, a button, and a charging cradle. Duo comes with everything included with Classic and Solo, for protection in and out of the home. Smart (the watch option) is a self-contained unit.
Button type: Wrist or pendant
Water resistant: Yes
Add-on features: Wall buttons to make sure seniors can get help even if they aren’t wearing their button. Classic and Duo users have the option of medication reminders. Also, all systems include access to the online caregiver portal, MobileHelp Connect, where they can check the status of the device.
Fall detection: Yes, $10 monthly
Range: Buttons work up to 600 ft from the base station and up to 350 ft from the Solo mobile device.
Battery: Solo lasts 24 hours between charges, and Classic and Duo have a 30 hour backup on the base station.
Cost: Classic starts at $19.95 monthly, Solo starts at $37.95 monthly, and Duo starts at $41.95 monthly. Smart costs $24.95 monthly.
Long term contracts: No
Equipment / set up fee: Yes, if you purchase Smart – $349.95
What customers are saying:

“ I appreciate MobileHelp and we're glad we have it. I already recommended it twice.”
“When I first signed up, I did a test run and the guy who answered the phone asked us what the problem was and where we were and they got to the house quickly. I was impressed.”
“They were fast, thorough and kind. The MobileHelp operator contacted others in the family so all were apprised of my condition.”

Pros: Goes anywhere – by purchasing Duo or Smart you can be protected wherever you are. Excellent customer service, which is a must.
Cons: Smart could run a little pricey for some seniors. The range on the buttons doesn’t quite match up to some other providers, either.
The Verdict: A reliable range of products, with buttons small enough to be unobtrusive.

#2. Medical Guardian

Medical Guardian offers one of the most impressive ranges of equipment we’ve seen. From indoor to outdoor, GPS and even Wi-Fi, Medical Guardian truly has something for everyone. We’ve listed all their main offerings here to display the range, but we do think senior ladies will particularly appreciate Freedom Guardian. This medical alert-enabled watch is so easy to wear and looks just like any other smartwatch, so it’s very unobtrusive.

Systems offered: A traditional in-home system (Classic) with a cellular option (Home) or even an option with additional activity sensors (Family.) For outside of the home users can choose from a GPS system with a separate button (Mobile), or an all in one integrated GPS and WiFi system (Active.) And of course, they also offer Freedom, a smartwatch.
What’s included: All at home systems come with a base unit and a button, and Family includes extra activity sensors that caregivers can monitor. Mobile comes with the mobile unit, a charging cradle, a button, and a leather carrying case. Active and Freedom are both self-contained units (Active comes with a charging cradle.)
Button type: Mobile and all at home systems can be worn as a wrist button or pendant (Active and Freedom don’t have separate buttons.)
Water resistant: Yes
Add-on features: Extra buttons and wall buttons (voice activated wall buttons are also available), and a lockbox in case EMTs need to access the home. An in-car charger is available for Mobile.
Fall detection: $10 monthly
Range: The button works up to 1300 ft from any of the home systems, which is amazing, and up to 350 ft from the mobile device.
Battery: Classic and Family have a 32-hour backup battery, and the Home cellular unit has a 30-hour backup battery. Mobile lasts up to 24 hours per charge, while Active lasts an impressive 5 days. Freedom does not need charging.
Cost: Classic starts at $29.95 monthly, while Home starts at $34.95 monthly and Family starts at $79.95 monthly. For mobile options, Mobile starts at $39.95 monthly and Active starts at $49.95 monthly. Monitoring for the Freedom watch starts at $44.95 monthly.
Long term contracts: No
Equipment / set up fee: Yes – there’s a $99 one-time fee for the Freedom watch.
What customers are saying:

“I like the Medical Guardian. If something happens to me, I can just push that button. It's easy to use “
“The customer reps of Medical Guardian have been so polite and so helpful, especially the one that talked me through activating my necklace button with my charger. It was much, much simpler than it could have been, simply because she was so helpful and instructive.”
“I like the Medical Guardian. My mother had a false alarm yesterday and I actually got to see how it worked and it seems pretty good. The medallion is comfortable for her. “

Pros: We love the range of devices on offer, and the impressive range on the home systems is a strong plus, too. The $99 fee for Freedom is very reasonable compared to other providers.
Cons: Monitoring fees are quite high for some of the options, and we’d like to see a little more in the way of extra features.
The Verdict: With so many options to choose from, Medical Guardian is a versatile provider that is sure to have something to suit your lifestyle.

#3. GetSafe

For senior women who are concerned about the look of a medical alert button, GetSafe might just be the ideal option. Their system is unusual in that it’s all based on a network of wall buttons, with no need to wear a pendant if you don’t want to. Wireless consoles can be activated by voice, button, or pull cord.

Systems offered: GetSafe offers one system built around wall buttons and wireless mini consoles (with a central console too.)
What’s included: The basic package offers a console and button. Customers can add wall buttons and mini consoles, or add a wearable button if preferred. The buttons can also be paired with a smartphone for coverage out of the house – GetSafe reps are always on hand to help you build your ideal package.
Button type: For those who choose a button, wrist or pendant.
Water resistant: Yes
Add-on features: A lock box for keys, a vial of life with key medical information, a monitored smoke detector, and an HD camera that caregivers can link with their smartphone to keep an eye on their loved ones.
Fall detection: $10 monthly
Range: 1300 ft
Battery: 32-hour backup battery
Cost: $24.95 monthly. Customers who opt for quarterly payments benefit from free ground shipping, and those who pay semi-annually get the HD camera for free.
Long term contracts: No
Equipment / set up fee: No
Pros: We love that GetSafe designed a system to keep seniors safe in the home even if they don’t want to wear a button. We also appreciate the straightforward, and reasonable, pricing. The system looks great too – very modern.
Cons: We’d like to see a mobile option – and according to their site, GetSafe has one coming soon.
The Verdict: GetSafe is an easy to use and reasonably priced option for seniors who really don’t want to wear a button.

#4. LifeFone

LifeFone is another regular of the medical alert community, with plenty of satisfied customers who rely on their equipment. LifeFone offers a range of options to suit different needs, and their landline system actually travels with you. Simply take it to your new location (perfect for vacations within the USA) and plug it in when you get there.

Systems offered: Landline or cellular based options for in the home, plus a mobile device with a separate button, and an integrated mobile device.
What’s included: In-home systems come with a base station and a button. The mobile device comes with the device itself, a button, a charging cradle, and a base station so you are covered in the home as well. The integrated unit comes with a charging cradle.
Button type: Wrist or pendant
Water resistant: Yes
Add-on features: There’s a daily check-in service ($19 monthly), and daily activity checks ($6 monthly – landline systems only.) Daily medication reminders are available on some systems ($6 monthly.) The mobile systems offer location services for caregivers ($9 monthly.) There’s also a range of accessories you can purchase – lock boxes, wall buttons, additional pendants, and lanyards.
Fall detection: $5 monthly
Range: 1300 ft from the home base station, or 350 ft from the mobile device.
Battery: 30 hours for the home systems. The mobile system lasts 30 hours on a single charge, and the integrated mobile unit lasts 36 hours.
Cost: $24.95 for at home, or $30.95 for cellular at home. $36.95 monthly for the mobile GPS unit and $42.95 for the integrated mobile device.
Long term contracts: No
Equipment / set up fee: No
What customers are saying:

“Thus far, I have had to call it once and have help come to get me up when I fell in a snowbank. I've also had their team respond when something gets tangled in the cord of the device when I'm sleeping. I try to get that undone and that makes the signal to them. I feel very comfortable with the device knowing I’ve got it.”
“My husband can’t get around very well. Having the device makes both of us feel safer. We're fortunate he has not needed it so that's great but he's got it if he does. We're pleased with LifeFone.”
“We've known about this type of product, and I was interested in getting it for my mom. She's happy with it. She got it a few weeks ago and she tried to test it and it works great.”

Pros: All in-home systems include coverage for a spouse in the price, which we love. We also like the affordable fall detection and wonderfully long battery life on both mobile units. The GPS option is well priced, too.
Cons: It’s hard to find anything we don’t like about LifeFone!
The Verdict: A reasonably priced product with plenty of options, reliable equipment, and great customer service.

We understand how hard it can be to choose a medical alert – no one wants to wear something ugly, or obvious. These companies offer easy-to-wear buttons that don’t stand out too much, while still keeping senior women safe no matter where they are.