Medical alert systems provide peace of mind to the elderly, physically disabled and their families. These devices contact emergency services with the push of a button — or even automatically — and have other advanced features. To find products with the ideal combination of reliability, functionality and affordability, our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best medical alert systems in Baltimore.
There are more than 75,000 seniors living in Baltimore, many of them active and living independently. Nearly as many individuals under 65 are living with a disability. Both groups benefit from medical alert systems, which connect users to lifesaving assistance instantly.
Medical alert systems range from basic, in-home models that work over landlines to mobile, GPS-enabled devices operating on cellular networks. Each is either monitored 24/7, meaning it connects to an operator who is trained to dispatch medical professionals, or unmonitored, cycling through a list of personal contacts.
Medical alert system features
Type of user
Push of button connects user with help
Prone to fall
Automatically detects a fall and connects user with help
Wants vitals monitored
Monitors vitals like blood pressure and heart rate
GPS location services
Leaves home often
Tracks location in case of emergency
Counts steps and calories
Likes or needs notifications to take medications
Programs multiple reminders for times and dosages
Bathe wearing the device
Medical alert systems work best when features are compatible with the user’s lifestyle and home. Many companies have online risk assessments that help you determine which product is appropriate.
How much is a medical alert system in Baltimore?
Monitored medical alert systems come with a monthly fee — starting between $20 and $30 — and may require a contract. Equipment is commonly offered at no charge. An unmonitored system usually has only an upfront charge, starting around $200.
Generally, Medicare and health insurance will not help cover the cost, but long-term care insurance may. Call your provider to ask.
Before purchasing a medical alert system, make sure to ask about a discount if you a member of AARP or a similar organization.
Most systems are self-installable and come with easy-to-follow instructions. Many also include a risk-free trial period with a money-back guarantee.
Medical Guardian gives customers options, including multiple in-home and on-the-go systems with features like water-resistance, extended battery life, unlimited range and fall detection. Visit the website to take a short survey that matches you with the alert system. Consultants are also standing by seven days a week to help customers customize a plan. Reviewers praise Medical Guardian for helping them feel safe and secure.
Protect your household for under $1 per day with LifeFone. A monthly subscription includes activation, equipment, spouse protection and a locked-in lifetime rate. Add extra features like fall detection. Customers in Maryland said they liked LifeFone’s value and the ease of purchase from the knowledgable representatives.
With MobileHelp, customers have a full range of options, including the MobileHelp Smart, a Samsung-powered watch lasting up to two days on a single charge. Customers never have to sign a long-term contract, purchase equipment or pay hidden fees. According to reviews, MobileHelp representatives provide excellent support during the purchasing process and throughout the user experience.
LifeStation offers in-home systems that work over a landline or cellular network, plus GPS-enabled mobile devices. Fall detection is available as an add-on. Equipment is easy to use, and services come with 24/7 support. Customers don’t have to sign up for a long-term contract and never pay hidden fees. Visit the LifeStation website to see answers to many commonly asked questions or call anytime for additional information. May satisfied users give this company five stars.
Medical Alert has options for everyone, including at-home and on-the-go systems and automatic fall detection. There’s no charge for equipment or activation and no necessary long-term commitment. Multiple professionally-staffed monitoring centers operate 24/7. Customers can try any plan risk-free for 30 days. Many reviewers give MedicalAlert five stars and recommend the company to others.
HomeSafe and GoSafe pedants and wristbands by Philips are water resistant and have automatic fall detection. Response associates, based in the U.S. and Canada, are available 24/7/365. The average answer time is 12 seconds and the average tenure of associates is seven years. Founded in 1974, Philips Lifeline was a pioneer of medical alert device technology and remains a leader today.