How To Choose a Medical Alert System

Oct 8, 2015, 16:50 PM by User Not Found
blog-medalertAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three seniors over 65 years of age will suffer a debilitating fall. While seniors today are living longer and generally enjoy better health than those of previous generations, serious falls and accidents are still a major concern for the senior group.

Why invest in a medical alert system in the first place?

Investing in a medical alert system is one way that seniors can retain their mobility and increase their confidence when moving around the house, at the store, or out at the park.


In fact, medical alert systems provide the confidence to keep moving - which is one of the most effective ways to combat the destructive nature of a serious fall. Seniors often limit their mobility out of fear of falling, which actually makes the problem even worse. But what should you look for once you've determined that a medical alert system is the right choice for you?

Follow these tips for choosing a medical alert system

The main considerations to make when deciding on a medical alert system are:

  • Determine your budget and stick to it
  • Ask yourself where you’ll wear it
  • Assess the upfront cost and continual monitoring fee
  • Investigate the reputation of the service provider
  • Determine additional features and benefits of each option

While different systems all have their merits, it is important to first establish a budget. How much can you afford to invest in the hardware, and what will the continual costs amount to? Many medical alert systems come packaged with home alarm systems - and range in price from $50 to over $500. These are generally designed for use within the home, or up to several hundred feet from the home via radio-frequency transmitters. You can also elect a medical alert device that is a standalone unit - not integrated into your home security system in any way. The benefit of the standalone unit is that it isn’t dependent on your alarm system. If you decide to move from your residence or choose to discontinue your existing alarm coverage, you won’t have to worry about lack of medical alert coverage.

Another consideration to make is whether you want a medical alert device that works off of your home phone line, or uses a cellular transmitter to communicate with a security control center or emergency responders. Those that use your landline phone aren’t easily moved, while the medical alert systems that use GPS-enabled, cellular transmitters are highly portable and can be brought to the park, the grocery store, or even on cross-country trips without interruption of service. For the senior on the go, this makes a lot of sense.

You’ll also want to investigate the monthly cost of monitoring services. Units that are integrated into an alarm system may cost anywhere from $25 - $50 per month, including the basic alarm services. Cellular based medical alert systems are generally more affordable - The 5Star by GreatCall unit starts at just $14.99 per month for exceptional coverage. For more information on selecting the best medical alert system today, contact GreatCall at 1-800-918-8543, or visit us at