If you have aging parents, then chances are you could benefit from a way to reliably ensure they can get help if they need it. Commercials promoting various life alert systems often come on in the very early morning, where most people miss them; in the following, you’ll become familiar with some of the consumer reports top medical alert systems for seniors.
1.Mobile Help is an Excellent Alert System
MobileHelp is one of the best medical alert systems on the market for the consumer. Making use of the vast AT&T cellular network, it entices newcomers with a no-obligation contract, meaning you’re not stuck for a year paying for services you don’t require. You don’t have to switch cellular providers, either; just make sure there’s robust AT&T coverage in your general area.
On the upgrade side, there are facets you can add to your existing package if you decide you want them later.
The system is discreet, so your loved one can wear it as a normal watch or pendant, where it is easily accessible without inducing misconceptions (that the wearer is feeble or easily taken advantage of, for example).
2. Philips Lifeline
Although this is one of the more expensive options, the suite of offerings is robust and virtually unbeatable. Philips Lifeline works with an iOS app that’s downloadable on your iPhone and iPad, and around-the-clock service is provided in even the most basic service of their tiered plan.
They offer an at-home option called HomeSafe, which comes with a wristband or pendant with wireless connectivity to the in-home communicator base that connects with the Philips Lifeline office. The HomeSafe addition can even detect falls automatically anywhere they occur within the house – or just outside. For the senior on the move, there’s the patented GoSafe option that has gps and auto fall alert built into it already.
3. Bay Alarm Medical
This medical alert system is right up there with the very best. Not only are the technical elements top-notch, but the customer service consistently ranks as the very best. You get the feeling that the operators all have a senior in their lives who requires medical alert systems, and know how to handle such situations with a quintessentially human touch and warmth.
The battery life of the devices outlasts many other alert systems’, and Bay Alarm Medical provides a two-week trial period. After this, if unsatisfied, a full refund is forthcoming. It’s a no-frills option that is virtually guaranteed to see your loved one through an emergency.
4. Medical Guardian
They have a veritable smorgasbord of options from which to choose. There’s the Classic Guardian alert system, which gives you the rare landline option to use with your current telephone company. That way, you’re not subject to the albeit infrequent cellular no-access occurrences. The range is excellent at 1300 feet. The Medical Home Guardian also belongs inside the house; however, it is wireless and has a range half as long as the Classic Guardian. A bonus is the fall detection built into the base and communicator.
The Mobile and Premium Guardian are the upgrades, and possess gps and a transmitter from the included wearable. The range, as you would expect, is unlimited as long as there’s cell coverage – which is just about always the case.
As with any extremely important life decision, you should take the time to review each medical alert system company’s product, and take advantage of the trial period if there are any. Experience is the best teacher – in all things.