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Voice Activated Medical Alerts

A medical alert provides peace of mind to seniors and their caregivers. With a medical alert, everyone can rest easy, knowing that help is a press of a button away. Seniors know that if they fall or feel ill, they can get help immediately. Caregivers can rest easier knowing mom or dad won’t be alone if something happens.

There are many medical alert systems on the market, and although the basic features are the same across the board, there are some variations, too. Today we’re looking specifically at voice-activated medical alerts, and why they’re a good idea.

What Is A Voice-Activated Medical Alert?

A voice-activated medical alert is one that responds to a voice command. These alerts have the standard button-press options too. The voice-activated component of these alerts is a wall button, rather than the actual medical alert button. This makes sense: A voice-activated wearable could easily be triggered by everyday conversations.

Voice-activate buttons are simple – Place the wall buttons around the home, and activate them with a command such as “call [company name]” or “call 911”.

Who Needs A Voice-Activated Medical Alert?

In short: Any senior can benefit from these!

Wall buttons give an extra level of protection in case of a fall while mom or dad isn’t wearing their medical alert button. For example, if they get up in the night and forget to put it on, or they don’t happen to have the button with them in the shower. The best place for wall buttons is in places where a fall is more likely, or where seniors might not have their button on, such as in the shower, by the shower, and by the bed.

Voice-activated buttons are especially helpful for seniors who might, for any reason, struggle to use their medical alert button. For example, if someone has arthritis or dexterity problems, calling for help verbally might be quicker or easier than pressing a button.

What Else Should I Look For In A Medical Alert System?

Voice-activated buttons are great, but you want to be sure they come as part of an excellent all-around package. Here are some things we recommend looking for in any medical alert:

  • No long term contracts. Make sure that if you want to cancel, you can, with no fuss.
  • Easy to understand pricing. It should be clear exactly how much you’ll pay each month, and what that price covers.
  • Water-resistant. The bathroom is one of the most common places for slips, so it’s important to get a medical alert that’s robust enough to be worn while showering or bathing.
  • Wearable options that suit the wearer’s needs. There are so many options, from mobile pendants to smartwatches, to at-home systems that can be worn as a neck or wrist button. Make sure the one you choose suits mom or dad’s needs.
  • Big enough range. For mobile alerts, this isn’t a problem, but for in-home alerts, you want to be sure they cover the house.
  • Backup battery. That way if a power outage happens, the medical alert will keep working.

Questions to Ask When Buying a Medical Alert System

Before committing to any medical alert, consider asking the following:

  • 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?
  • Are your call centers manned 24/7? (This is an absolute must)
  • What is the typical response time for a call?
  • How much do I have to pay to add fall detection?

How We Chose The Medical Alerts On This List

We only recommend providers that we know have a good track record and plenty of satisfied customers. In addition, each provider must have:

  • Equipment that works as it says it does
  • No long term contracts and easy to cancel if needed
  • Clear pricing with no hidden fees
  • A dedicated customer service team

Here are three of the best medical alerts offering voice-activated options. Please note range and backup battery refer to the main medical alert button/pendant.

Top Voice Activated Medical Alert Systems

Medical Guardian

Medical Guardian is a well known medical alert company that offers a wide range of medical alerts to suit every need and lifestyle. See our review of all Medical Guardian medical alert systems here.

Systems with voice-activated wall button add-on: The systems that come with a voice-activated wall button add on are Classic Guardian and Family Guardian. Classic Guardian is a traditional in-home landline system with a wearable button. Family Guardian is a cellular in-home system with the addition of activity sensors and a caregiver tracking app, to make it easier to keep an eye on your loved one.
Wearable button type: Wrist or pendant.
Water-resistant: Yes.
Fall detection: Yes, $10 monthly.
Extras and accessories: Every order includes a free lockbox and a free second wearable button. You can also purchase standard wall buttons and a protection plan in case the system gets damaged or stolen.
Range: Up to 1300 ft.
Battery: 32-hour backup battery.
Cost: Classic Guardian starts at $29.95 monthly and Family Guardian starts at $79.95 monthly.
Cost of the voice-activated button: You can add up to four buttons free on Family Guardian, or for $2.99 each on Classic Guardian. There’s also a $5 monthly fee for each button.
Long term contracts: No.
Equipment / set up fee: No.
What customers are saying:

“When I called them, they sent an ambulance out immediately. I don’t think I was alone for more than five minutes. It saved my life.”

“When I got it just about three months ago, I fell and I pushed the button. I got help fast. I went into the hospital, but I'm safe now.”

“It gives me a lot of feelings of security and I would recommend it. I use it at night too because I’m a little nervous about what might happen so it comes in very handy.”

Pros: The huge range and backup battery provide plenty of extra peace of mind, and we appreciate that Family Guardian is designed to make it easier to keep an eye on mom or dad.
Cons: Medical Guardian’s equipment is sound, but they’re a little pricier than other systems of similar caliber.
The Verdict: Medical Guardian offers high-quality equipment and service and is well worth a look.

Bay Alarm Medical

Bay Alarm Medical is a popular medical alert company known for its good quality equipment and dedicated customer service. See the complete review of Bay Alarm Medical products here.

Systems with voice-activated wall button add-on: In-home system, which can be landline or cellular.
Wearable Button type: Wrist or button.
Water-resistant: Yes, in fact, the buttons are completely waterproof.
Fall detection: Yes, $10 monthly.
Extras and accessories: You can add monitoring and an extra button for your spouse for just $2 monthly. You can also purchase a lockbox, spare buttons, and a protection plan. Free vial of life on most plans.
Range: Up to 1000 ft.
Battery: 32-hour backup battery.
Cost: Starts at $19.95 monthly.
Cost of the voice-activated button: $3 monthly, or $10 monthly for all four if you buy a four-pack of buttons.
Long term contracts: No.
Equipment / set up fee: No.
What customers are saying:

“Everyone was patient with me. They stayed on the phone until it was fully tested. It was a relief to know that all the systems were active. All of my questions were answered.”

“I pressed the button and the medics arrived a short time later and treated me. Your system saved my life. Thank you.”

“Their system is easy to use and I chose Bay Alarm not just for the service they provide at a low cost, but because of how I am treated by their customer support team. Every time I have called, including today, I have been treated with patience and kindness and if the question I asked is difficult to answer, they find the answer immediately with just a brief hold.”

Pros: Bay Alarm Medical offers excellent customer service and truly care about their customers. Their systems are reliable and easy to use.
Cons: The buttons are a little old fashioned, and the pricing options can seem confusing at first glance (it looks like the wall buttons are only available with some of their in-home packages, but if you click through you’ll find you can add them to any in-home system.)
The Verdict: An excellent system that provides excellent value without compromising on quality or customer service.

GetSafe

GetSafe is unusual in that it doesn’t fit the standard in-home base unit plus wearable model. Instead, the system is built on a series of wall buttons and a central console, to cover the entire home. Check out the in-depth review of GetSafe here.

Systems with voice-activated wall button add-on: GetSafe breaks their systems down by home size. The Starter is suitable for 0 – 1 bedroom homes and includes the base unit, one standard wall button, and one voice-activated wall button. The Standard is suitable for 2 – 3 bedroom homes and includes the base unit, three standard wall buttons, and two voice-activated wall buttons. Select is suitable for 4 – 5 bedroom homes and includes the base unit, five standard wall buttons, three voice-activated wall buttons, and a lockbox.

You can also buy wearable buttons if you’d like to keep the added peace of mind of a wearable. The system is an in-home system that runs on the cellular network, although if you’re looking for mobile coverage GetSafe has recently introduced a mobile option.
Wearable Button type: Wrist or pendant
Water-resistant: Yes.
Fall detection: Yes, $10 monthly
Extras and accessories: Rather than offering lots of extras, GetSafe offers customizable packages. If you can’t find a package on their site that suits you, they can help you build your own.
Range: Depends on how many buttons and mini-consoles you opt for.
Cost: $24.95 monthly for all plans.
Cost of the voice-activated button: $100 if purchasing separately (but all plans include at least one voice-activated button.)
Long term contracts: No.
Equipment / set up fee: $99 for Starter, $299 for Standard, and $359 for Select.
Pros: Offers a unique way to stay protected around the home, even for seniors who don’t want to wear a medical alert button.
Cons: The start-up costs are pricey compared to most other medical alerts.
The Verdict: If you’ve been battling with mom or dad about wearing a medical alert, GetSafe might just be the answer.

Voice-activated buttons provide extra peace of mind around the home. If you’re concerned about a loved one slipping while not wearing an alert button, opt for a system with voice-activated wall buttons for extra reassurance.