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Tips to Choose a Medical Alert System

When choosing a medical alert system for a senior or a disabled person living alone, it is important to keep in mind all their medical needs. You should choose a system that is reliable and will be able to offer help in case of an emergency. Here are some tips to keep in mind before purchasing a medical alert system for yourself or a loved one.

Battery Power

The wristband or pendant operates on battery power, but the base uses electrical power. Get a system that can convert to battery power in case of a power outage. This will ensure that your system works even during a power outage or a storm and help can be called for, if required.


Always buy systems that can be charged and can run for longer hours than others. Also, when buying, ask the salesperson whether the base unit will give alerts when the batteries run low. Do not forget to check the battery on your pendant or wristband from time to time in order to avoid a crisis.

Service Fees

Apart from the one-time cost of hardware, you will be required to pay a monthly service fee for your medical alert system. Compare the services offered by various companies to see which one offers features and services that are most suitable for you. The price of the services can start as low as $24.95/month while other companies might be more expensive due to the amount of services they offer. When deciding which service to buy, compare service packages and costs to pick out the one that best fits your needs.


Medical alert systems are usually designed to offer medical help due to accidents or medical emergencies at home. That is why they work only within a limited range of space. You can get a variety of different medical alert systems that offer varying ranges in the market. First, ensure the size of your house and then see which ones offer the system that suits your range needs.

User Friendly

Most people that buy medical alert systems are seniors who live alone. When buying a medical alert system, make sure that it is easy to use. The font on the screen of the base system must be large enough for comfortable reading; the buttons on all the hardware must be big enough so that they can be easily pressed by an elderly person. Moreover, the system should allow easy replacement of batteries. The medical alert system must also be accompanied by an easy-to-understand user manual.

Quick Response Time

Most medical alert companies are available for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The national standard time to respond to a call for help is 60 seconds. A good company will abide by these rules and will operate 24/7 with a response time that is less than or equal to 60 seconds.


When you plan to buy a medical alert system, make sure that all these features are available in the system you buy.


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