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How to Choose a Medical Alert Device


Medical alert bracelets are a great way to make sure you or an elderly loved one get the help they need when there’s an emergency and access to a phone is impossible. When you’re comparing medical alert devices, there are a few things you can look for in the device itself, as well as the accompanying services. Here’s how to choose the right medical alert system.

Monitoring Level

Determine how intensive you want the monitoring to be. There are systems that are only activated by pushing the alert button and others that will alert the emergency monitoring station if motion detectors fail to detect activity for a certain amount of time. Other systems can detect a fall and respond immediately with help. There are also alert systems that work with a smoke and carbon monoxide detector to alert the device and emergency personnel. Additionally, some systems can provide reminders for medications and monitor other vital signs.


It’s also important to consider the range of the device. 400 feet is the minimum range away from the base station, but many systems are able to go much further than that, even up to 1,000 feet. This ensures that the system will work anywhere in the house or around the yard. If you’re also worried about your loved one leaving the home alone, there are GPS-enabled devices that will notify emergency responders from any location.


You’ll also need to decide who you want to be notified when the system is activated. Most alert systems automatically call an emergency call center and then it can be determined if a relative or emergency personnel should be called. Pay attention to the qualifications of these operators because these qualifications can vary widely.

Device Features

Medical alert devices generally come in 2 basic styles: pendant and bracelet. Both of these styles have the same capabilities, but one style may be better depending on the regular activities and mobility of the wearer. Alert devices can be clipped to the belt or pocket as well. It’s also important to think about other features like automatic detection, water resistance, and GPS capabilities. Carefully considering all these factors will ensure you get the best medical alert system.