Medical Alert Systems, also known as Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) are small devices that seniors use to alert authorities, friends, family, or caregivers in the event of emergencies. In all of my professional work with seniors over the years, I’ve come across a large variety of medical alert systems; some for home use, some for on the go use, some with GPS, some with fall detection; you get the picture. Commonly worn around the wrist or neck, clipped to a belt or carried in a pocket or purse, there’s a ton of medical alert systems to choose from, which is where I come in. I test out each medical alert system personally to make sure it’s trustworthy, important given that 25% of all Americans over age 65 fall every year.
If you’re new to medical alert systems, you might be wondering what you should be looking for. On this page, I break down your general options in terms of connectivity, features, pricing, and more, guiding you to the right medical alert system for the senior in your life. Let’s get started!