Medical alert buttons are buttons that, when pushed, dial either 911 or another pre programmed telephone number to let someone know that you have had an accident, are in distress or that a medical emergency has occurred.
There are many medical alert buttons on the market that come as part of different packages and plans. Some can be purchased for a once-off fee and others have a monthly subscription. Monthly rates can range from $40 to $200 and you are sure to find a plan that suits your budget and needs.
In the majority of cases elderly people who live alone, or someone with a handicap or disability, would benefit from having a medical alert button. Finding the right medical alert service provider can be overwhelming, since there are so many different medical alert companies to choose from. Some providers require you to enter into contracts that last up to three years, while other have enrollment fees or may outsource their call centers overseas. There are a number of medical alert button providers on the market and we will now take a look at a few of them.
While many emergency systems with medical alert buttons require a monthly fee for their services, Freedom Alert does not. Once you purchase the medical alert button, it is 100% paid for and you are not liable for any other costs. In the event of an emergency, when the button is pushed, a call is made to 911 and you can communicate with the emergency response unit. Users are able to communicate via the pendant in their hand, rather than through a speaker system that is not available at the time. All you have to do is press the medical alert button once and help will be on the way. The Freedom Alert medical alert button lets you program the calling function to suit your needs.
You can set it up to call 911 only, to call up to 4 telephone numbers only or to dial the four preset numbers and 911. The device has a 100 foot range from the main module, so you will be covered regardless of where you are in your house. If you do not want to use the system for two-way communication, you can set it to only dial for help. This is not advisable, as this function is good for relaying information to emergency personnel while help is on the way. You can wear your medical alert button as a pendant, bracelet or on a belt and it is completely waterproof, so you can take it in to the shower.
Alert1 Medical Alert
The Alert1 Medical Alert service makes it easy to get the right help quickly. They provide pendants, bracelets, room or hallway medical alert buttons to customers. An operator at their emergency response center them comes online to assist you, assess the situation and send out the correct emergency services. Then, once help has been sent, they also contact your loved ones and care-givers to let them know about what has happened. Getting help quickly is important for the speedy recovery from falls – which is the leading cause of injury among the elderly. If you have diabetes, arthritis, stroke risk, heart disease or another serious medical condition, fast emergency response could mean the difference between partial or complete recovery.
If there are intruders in your home or if something makes you feel unsafe, one touch of the button will connect you to an Alert1 representative who will contact the local police department. Alert1 also provides other services that are not of a medical nature. If you have locked yourself out of your house, a pipe has burst or your garage door will not close, you can contact them for assistance too. You can try the system for a 30 day free trial period, after which you will be billed $26 per month. The device comes with a free lifetime guarantee.
Lifestation’s medical alert button will allow seniors to live independently while having emergency medical support around the clock. They give over the phone assistance while simultaneously notifying the proper emergency service authorities and family members or friends. The company has been providing the highest quality senior monitoring services for more than 30 years. LifeStation is dedicated to their customers, provide excellent service and support and offer affordable plans that start at less than $1 per day.
The basic standard medical alert system includes the LifeStation system console and a waterproof medical alert button with three free attachments, letting the user wear it as a necklace, wristband or on their belt. It also offers mountable medical alert buttons that can be placed in different rooms for additional security. There are no enrollment fees or contracts, so you can cancel the service at any time you wish to do so. All you have to do is notify one of their customer service representatives and within 30 days your subscription will be cancelled. LifeStation enjoys great customer feedback and has a great track record. The device is shipped for free to anywhere in the United States of America.
LifeLink charges no monthly fees, subscriptions, hidden charges and do not require you to enter into a contract with them. Currently, they charge $250 for their device and spare pendants can also be purchased at a fairly low price. If you have fallen and cannot get up to reach the telephone to call for medical assistance, you simply press your medical alert button and LifeLink will call your cell phone, your land line, your pager and 911. It is installed in a mere 15 minutes and no additional electrical or telephone wiring is needed to get it ready to go.
You simply need an available phone line and an electrical outlet. Physicians, nurses, senior resource professionals and home carers recommend LifeLink to promote independent living to the elderly. LifeLink is purchased for a once-off fee and you will receive your medical alert button in three to four business days. During the set up process you program in the telephone numbers of family members or loved ones yourself. The LifeLink medical alert system will make the emergency telephone call directly to the people providing the assistance, so you will eliminate critical delays. You can easily take the system with you when you move or go on vacation. You can try it out for free for 30 days.
LifeGuardian Medical Alarm Systems are one of America’s most dedicated and innovative medical alarm companies. They distribute the highest quality, longest range wireless medical alarms and is one of the oldest and most experienced medical monitoring call centers. They serve the entire North America, Hawaii, Alaska and Canada. During the past 30 years of operation they have successfully responded to over three million emergency calls.
The LifeGuardian Medical Alarm System costs only about $1 per day and they supply over 150 000 hospitals, home health care agencies, pharmacies, medical supply companies and nursing homes. They make their system more accessible to senior citizens by providing them with discounts valued over $160. Seniors receive free shipping, free activation, programming and set up, a free extended warranty, a free emergency paramedic information kit, free Discount Prescription RX Membership and one month’s free service.
CVS Medical Alert systems are monitored 24/7 and provide help at just the push of a button. Their system includes a base unit, waterproof medical alert button, rechargeable battery back up, power supply, phone connection cord and UL approved monitoring. Their medical alert button can be worn on the wrist, be clipped onto your belt or be worn as a pendant.
When you push the medical alert button, they contact you on your cell phone or home phone to determine what the emergency is. If it is needed, they dispatch emergency medical services or contact family members and loved ones. The kit is delivered to your house and you can install it yourself in just 5 minutes. You do not have to enter into any long term contracts or pay for the equipment that you use. There are also not set up or activation charges and costs $20 per month.
Choosing Your Medical Alert Button
Deciding who supplies your medical alert system is an important decision. There are some standard questions that you should seek answers for before you make your choice.
- Does the company operate its own monitoring center?
- Is the monitoring center UL listed?
- What happens in the event that emergency services or family members need to be contacted?
- Do the calls go to a monitoring center or directly to emergency services?
- What is the cancellation policy?
- What are the minimum payment requirements?
- Are there costs in addition to the monthly fee/once-off fee?
- What is the corporate history of the company
- What are the customer service and technical support hours?
- How reliable is the medical alert equipment?
- How often does the medical alert button need to be charged or receive replacement batteries?
Do your homework before you get your medical alert button installed and activated, so that you are not surprised with any hidden fees and that you know exactly what will happen when the day comes that you need to press that button.