5 Affordable Alternatives to Life Alert

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Regardless of your age, you’ve probably heard of Life Alert. As a result of their famous commercials, the phrase, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” is well known by many Americans. In fact, many of my clients — when planning to live alone — tell me they “need a Life Alert,” not knowing that there are better options.

Life Alert fits into a broader category of technology known as medical alert devices. While these devices vary in terms of shape and size, they all accomplish the same function. With the press of a button, a medical alert system allows a user to contact help in the event of an emergency.

While Life Alert can certainly accomplish this function, there are some major drawbacks to this company.

FYI: Some medical alert systems come with no monthly fee. To learn more, read my rundown of the best unmonitored medical alert systems.

My Favorite Alternatives to Life Alert

One of the most important things to remember about medical alert systems is that there are better options than Life Alert. I have tested many devices and can attest to the quality of the following choices. Not only do they offer reliable equipment, but they are also more affordable and do not require a long-term contract.

Alternatives to Life Alert Compared

Life Alert Bay Alarm Medical Medical Guardian ADT Health Medical Alert Lively Mobile Plus
In-home system $49.95 per month $21.95 per month $29.95 per month $29.99 per month $22.95 per month Not available
Mobile system $89.95 per month* $29.95 per month $39.95 per month $39.99 per month $42.95 per month $24.99 per month
Activation $96-$198 None on home systems; $99 on the mobile unit None on home systems; varies on mobile systems None None $49.99 one-time equipment fee
Contract 3-year contract required Not required; discounts offered for annual contracts Not required; discounts offered for annual contracts Not required Not required Not required
Fall detection N/A $10 per month $10 per month $10 per month $10 per month $20 per month

* Life Alert does not currently offer their mobile system as a standalone purchase, so this price reflects the cost of the combined in-home and mobile system.

Pro Tip: Read my Life Alert review to learn more about my experience with this system.

5 Affordable Alternatives to Life Alert

1. Bay Alarm Medical

Bay Alarm Medical
4.8 / 5
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855-675-0754
What We Like Most:
  • 30-day risk-free trial
  • Optional fall detection
  • Location tracking on mobile units
  • Plans start at $21.95/month

Overview

Bay Alarm Medical is one of the more affordable medical alert providers on the market. With their in-home systems starting as low as $21.95 per month, you could add on fall detection and still save significantly when compared to a Life Alert system.

Bay Alarm Medical Equipment
Bay Alarm Medical Equipment

Bay Alarm Medical alert systems include a traditional in-home system, a medical alert with GPS, an in-car system, and a medical alert smartwatch. You may also add on extra help buttons for $2 per month, making Bay Alarm Medical a great option for those who live with spouses or roommates.

Compared to Life Alert, Bay Alarm Medical does not require any long-term contracts, and they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you wish to cancel your service at any time, you may do so by returning your equipment, though you’ll have to pay the cost of shipping.

To learn more about this company, read my Bay Alarm Medical review.

Tip: To learn about my favorite providers overall, check out my rundown of the best medical alerts for seniors.

Pros
  • One-time $35 fee for additional help buttons
  • $15 per month for additional fall buttons
  • 1,000-foot in-home range
  • Two U.S.-based monitoring centers
  • 32-hour in-home backup battery
  • Water-resistant devices
Cons
  • Equipment fees for some systems
  • Extra cost for fall detection

2. Medical Guardian

Medical Guardian Logo
4.9 / 5
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877-947-4512
What We Like Most:
  • Excellent customer service
  • No long-term contracts or setup fees
  • $10 per month for extra fall detection
  • GPS location technology
  • Activity monitoring

Overview

What makes Medical Guardian one of the best medical alert systems is the variety of its equipment. With two in-home systems and three mobile systems, they have an ideal option for anyone looking to stay safe in or outside their home. What’s more, their customer support and U.S-based monitoring centers provide a stellar customer experience.

Medical Guardian Equipment
Medical Guardian Equipment

Medical Guardian costs as little as $29.95 per month, making them nearly half the cost of Life Alert’s most basic system. Additionally, Medical Guardian does not require long-term contracts, meaning that you may cancel your service and return your equipment with little hassle and no extra costs.

To learn more about Medical Guardian, read my full Medical Guardian review, including my hands-on experience with Active Guardian, a portable medical alert system.

Pros
  • All-in-one mobile system
  • Landline and cellular options
  • Smartwatch option
  • Accurate location tracking
  • Fall detection available on most systems
  • No long-term contracts
  • Free month of service on annual subscriptions
  • Up to seven-day mobile battery life
Cons
  • Occasional false alarms with fall detection
  • Limited activity monitoring

3. ADT

4.6 / 5
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855-571-0361
What We Like Most:
  • Waterproof help buttons
  • Optional fall detection
  • Quick response times
  • Straightforward pricing

Overview

While ADT is widely known for its range of home security systems for seniors, ADT offers a trio of reliable and durable medical alert systems. ADT medical alert systems include three products: Medical Alert Basic System for in-home use, Medical Alert Plus System, and On-the-Go Medical Alert System — all of which can be paired with fall detection.

ADT Medical Alert Systems
ADT Medical Alert Systems

ADT’s medical alert systems also cost far less than those of Life Alert. Their in-home, landline-based system starts at $29.99 per month, and their mobile system costs $39.99 per month. None of these systems requires a long-term contract, and includes free battery replacements.

To learn more about my experience with these systems, check out my ADT Health medical alert review.

Pros
  • Waterproof help buttons
  • No long-term contracts
  • Automatic fall detection
  • Personalized response plans
  • Quick response times
  • Landline options available
Cons
  • Relatively small in-home range
  • No smart features
  • No caregiver tracking

4. Medical Alert

Medical Alert logo. Medical Alert is a medical alert company.
4.3 / 5
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877-909-6735
What We Like Most:
  • Simple Setup Process
  • At-Home and On-The-Go Options
  • Automatic Fall Detection
  • Full-Featured Mobile App

Overview

With systems available from $19.95 per month, Medical Alert is another solid option. They offer in-home systems and mobile systems. Like the other systems on this list, they do not require a long-term contract, and they also offer fall detection for the standard $10 per month. If you opt for their semi-annual or annual payment plans, you’ll get more discounts including free shipping and other perks like a free lockbox.

Medical Alert Landline
Medical Alert Landline

They also feature a handy smartphone app that allows caregivers to monitor their loved one’s device through the ability to check in on any distress calls and ensure that the device is functioning properly.

To learn more about these systems, check out my Medical Alert review.

Pros
  • No Equipment Fees
  • Affordable Monthly Costs
  • Monthly Contract Options
  • Discounts for Annual Contracts
  • In-Home and On-The-Go Options
  • Simple Setup
  • 24/7 Professional Monitoring
Cons
  • No Option to Purchase Equipment

5. Lively Mobile+

Lively
4.1 / 5
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833-695-0501
What We Like Most:
  • Uses Verizon’s Cellular Network
  • No Limit on In-Home Range
  • Fully Waterproof System
  • Fall Detection, Two-Way Talk, and GPS, All in One

Overview

Unlike the other providers on this list, Lively does not offer a traditional home medical alert system; rather, they offer two different on-the-go medical alert devices: Lively Wearable2 smartwatch and the Lively Mobile+.

In particular, the Lively Mobile+ impressed me with its small size, fully waterproof design, and quick response times. On average, Lively’s agents answered my calls in an average of 13 seconds. What’s more, this device can be paired with fall detection and caregiver tracking.

Lively Mobile Plus
Lively Mobile Plus

Lively medical alert costs as little as $24.99 per month; however, if you want fall detection and other services such as 24/7 access to registered nurses and board-certified doctors, then you’ll have to pay $39.99 per month. Still, this is far less than even the most basic system from Life Alert.

To learn more about this medical alert system, check out my Lively Mobile Plus review.

Pros
  • Waterproof Device
  • First 30 Days Are Free
  • No Contracts or Cancellation Fees
  • Add-On Features Included in Every Service Plan
  • Uses Verizon’s Cellular Network
Cons
  • Device Needs to Be Charged Daily
  • Higher Startup Costs
  • Can Only Be Worn as a Pendant

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Written By
Amie Clark

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