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Must Have Features on Medical Alert Systems

Finding the right medical alert system for yourself or a loved one can require a lot of research. There are many different things to consider before committing to a company and system. Here are some of the features you need.

What is a medical alert system?

A medical alert system typically comes in the form of a pendant button that can be worn on your wrist, neck, or waist. A medical alert system is a combination of both software and hardware that can send a distress signal to the designated help.

Some medical alert systems will directly call 911 with your necessary information while others have a list of people that you supply to call in the case of an emergency.

Regardless of the style or type of medical alert system that you choose, some features should be considered non-negotiable when making your educated decision.

Fall detection ✔

One of the most important medical alert system features is fall detection. Fall detection can detect a fall without the person wearing the device having to do anything. This feature is especially valuable in situations when someone falls and is not able to get up or reach for their medical alert device.

This is a newer feature that only newer models have available, but it has become one of the most important features quickly. The feature is currently 95 percent accurate according to manufacturers.

Water-resistant/proof ✔

Around 80 percent of falls happen in the bathroom at home, so it would seem necessary that you would be able to wear your medical alert device while you are in the bath or shower. If waterproof isn’t an option for your medical alert device, make sure it is water-resistant to avoid damage.

Style ✔

When figuring out which medical alert system is best for you, you must find a style that best fits your lifestyle. That could be a lightweight necklace that won’t get in your way or a button that goes on your wrist. Make sure that whatever you choose is comfortable and suits your everyday life.

Battery life ✔

The battery life may not be something you initially think about when considering a medical alert device. However, the length of your device’s battery life can be what makes or breaks your daily experience with your medical alert device.

If you get a medical alert device that needs to be changed daily, the chances of you wearing the device every day goes down. Most medical alert devices can last a few days, but some models have lasted a month before needing to be recharged.

Device range ✔

The device range may not seem crucial to you if you aren’t in the habit of moving around, but you should make sure that it reaches throughout your house. If you are active, you may want to make sure that it reaches outside or even consider a mobile device that you can take with you on errands.

24/7 assistance ✔

When you are looking to purchase a medical alert system, the service available with it is a key feature. The service you pay for monthly is the medically trained staff that is at the other end of your device. 

Different services offer different levels of assistance. If your device has a two-way voice, you can talk to someone live and tell them what is going on. Some devices only can send a distress signal to your listed contacts.


GPS location is especially important for those who are independent and active. In the case of an emergency, your medical alert systems monitoring service will be able to see your location. This could include a fall while out running errands or if you end up lost. With GPS-enabled devices, a person’s location can be pinpointed within a few feet.

Simplicity ✔

Whether you embrace technology or not, your medical alert system should be simple and easy for you to work. You may be able to use a more complicated device, but if there is an emergency, you want simplicity.

Your top medical alert systems

Along with feature and model options, there are also a variety of brands to pick from when deciding on the right medical alert system for you. Each company has its systems, monthly pricing, and monitoring company. The following are some of the top-ranked companies:

Roughly 75 percent of medical alert systems are purchased by adult children for their aging parents. Whether the device is for you or a loved one, make sure that you are making the right decision with the right features.

Hannah Verret
Hannah Verret is a Content Developer at Med-Alert Pros in Memphis, TN. Hannah has been working in content creation throughout her entire adult career. When Hannah isn't writing or organizing social media posts, she's spending her time reading and loving on her many pets.

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