Written by Jenny WisniewskiMedical Alert Systems Expert
Medically reviewed by Christopher NormanBoard Certified Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Finding the best medical alert system for your home or a loved one’s home can be a daunting task. The right fit for you depends on existing health conditions, the level of activity you’re used to, and what your design preferences are, among other factors.

Our experts have completed several medical alert device reviews, winnowed out the systems that don’t quite make the cut, and selected only the best in ten different categories. We hope it helps you choose the best medical alert system for your needs.

Top 10 Best Medical Alert Systems

After much research, here are the best medical alert systems on the market today:

Comparisons of Top Medical Alert Systems

Provider StartingMonthly Fee Equipment Fee Activation Fee Range: At-Home Systems Connection Battery Life: On-the-Go Systems Fall Detection Water Resistant Warranty for Normal Wear and Tear
Aloe Care Health $24.99 $149.99– $349.99 200 feet AT&T cellular 5 days Included with 2 of 3 packages
Bay Alarm Medical $19.95 On some products / $99–$179 1,000 feet Landline, AT&T Cellular 18–24 hours (watch) $10 per month
HandsFree Health $44.95 $119.95– $189 N/A T-Mobile cellular 24 hours
LifeFone $24.95 1,300 feet Landline, AT&T, or Verizon cellular 30 days $5 per month for most systems
LifeStation $22.95 $10 on some packages 500–600 feet Landline, AT&T, cellular 5 days $5 per month
Lively $24.99 $49.99— $149.99 $35 N/A Verizon cellular Up to 4 months (Lively Wearable) Free with Wearable2 / $10 with Mobile Plus
Medical Care Alert $27.45 600–1,000 feet Landline, AT&T, or Verizon cellular 3 days $10 per month
Medical Guardian $29.95 on some products / $99.95– $124.95 1,400 feet Landline, AT&T, or Verizone cellular 5 days $10 per month
MobileHelp $19.95 $79.99 (Micro) $99.95 for Some packages 600– 1,400 feet Landline, AT&T cellular 3 days $10 per month
Philips Lifeline $29.95 $99.95 for GoSafe 2 $50 for at-home systems; installation fees for all systems 400–800 feet Landline, AT&T cellular 3 days Included with select systems

Best Medical Alert Systems in Detail

Best for Those Who Stick Close to Home

MobileHelp
MobileHelp
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Best for Those Who Stick Close to Home: MobileHelp

  • Current promotion: Two free months + 50% off fall detection
  • Starting monthly cost: $19.95 for at-home systems and $33.95 for on-the-go system
  • Device range: 600 to 1,400 feet
  • Connection type: Landline, AT&T cellular
  • Fall detection: $10 per month

Pros

  • Free trial period
  • Referral program offered
  • Medication reminders available
  • A variety of systems to choose from
  • Several options for couples

Cons

  • Processing fee included with some systems
  • No fall detection with the Micro

MobileHelp Special Features

  • Optional Telehealth program offered
  • Unique touch screen tablet option
  • Medication reminders available

Best for Active Seniors

Medical Guardian Family Guardian Review
Medical Guardian Family Guardian
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Best for Active Seniors: Medical Guardian

  • Current promotion: Free month of service, free ground shipping, and free lockbox with an annual subscription
  • Starting monthly cost: $29.95 for at-home systems and $39.95 for on-the-go systems
  • Device range: 1,300 to 1,400 feet
  • Connection type: Landline, AT&T, or Verizon cellular
  • Fall detection: $10 per month

Pros

  • Price transparency
  • A variety of sleek on-the-go devices
  • Large at-home range
  • Five-day battery life on some devices
  • Location tracking for caregivers with some devices
  • TMA Five Diamond–certified monitoring center

Cons

  • No warranty (protection plan costs extra)

Medical Guardian Special Features

  • Advanced location detection
  • Easy to customize
  • Discreet, lightweight mobile devices

Best for Mobility Challenges

 Aloe Care Health
Aloe Care Health
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Best for Mobility Challenges: Aloe Care Health

  • Current promotion: $99.99 equipment fee for Aloe Care Health Mobile Companion. Free shipping for new customers.
  • Starting monthly cost: $24.99 for on-the-go system and $29.99 for at-home system
  • Device range: 200 feet
  • Connection type: AT&T cellular
  • Fall detection: Included on Mobile Companion, optional wall-mounted sensor available

Pros

  • TMA Five Diamond-certified monitoring center
  • Air quality, temperature, and motion sensors
  • Enhanced caregiver communications
  • Caregiver location detection
  • Wall-mounted bathroom fall detection
  • 30-day risk-free trial period

Cons

  • Somewhat expensive equipment
  • Short backup battery life for Hub

Aloe Care Health Special Features

  • Temperature, air quality and motion sensors
  • Caregivers can directly contact monitoring center from app
  • Multiple caregivers can communicate with each other

Best for Those on a Tight Budget

Bay Alarm Medical
Bay Alarm Medical
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Best for Those on a Tight Budget: Bay Alarm Medical

  • Starting monthly cost: $19.95 for at-home system and $29.95 for on-the-go system
  • Device range: 1,000 feet
  • Connection type: Landline, AT&T cellular
  • Fall detection: $10 per month

Pros

  • Current promotions: Free shipping and free month of service on select plans. In-Home + Smartwatch or GPS Help Button system on sale for $39.95/month
  • Low monthly fees
  • Smartwatch offered
  • TMA Five Diamond–certified monitoring center
  • Risk-free trial period
  • Caregiver tracking available

Cons

  • Equipment fees required on select systems
  • Limited product offerings
  • No warranty (protection plan for an additional fee)

Bay Alarm Medical Special Features

  • Smartwatch option
  • Decorative pendants for help buttons
  • Price-lock guarantee

Best for Weakened Fine Motor Skills

Lively
Lively
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Best for Weakened Fine Motor Skills: Lively

  • Starting monthly cost: $24.99 for on-the-go medical alert systems, and $14.99 for Jitterbug phone plans
  • Device range: N/A
  • Connection type: Verizon cellular
  • Fall detection: Free with Wearable2 and $10 with Mobile Plus

Pros

  • Easy for older adults to navigate Jitterbug Smart3
  • Built-in cameras on phones
  • Referral program
  • Personal operator can schedule appointments or rides with Lyft (partner company)
  • A variety of accessories to choose from

Cons

  • Activation fees
  • Fall detection only available for most expensive package; no à la carte option

Lively Special Features

  • Enlarged fonts and voice typing on smartphone
  • Location tracking for caregivers
  • On-demand Telehealth service offered

Best for Dementia

 HandsFree Health
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Best for Dementia: HandsFree Health

  • Starting monthly cost: $44.95
  • Device range: N/A
  • Connection type: T-Mobile cellular
  • Fall detection: Not offered

Pros

  • High-tech, Bluetooth-enabled devices
  • Smart speaker includes health-focused database
  • Smartwatch includes pedometer and heart rate monitor
  • Reminders for appointment, medications, and prescription refills
  • Affordable bundling cost
  • Unique 8-inch touch screen tablet offered
  • TMA Five Diamond–certified monitoring center

Cons

  • Somewhat pricey equipment fees
  • No option for fall detection

HandsFree Health Special Features

  • Can be paired with smart home and medical devices
  • Smartwatch and smart speaker
  • Med and appointment reminders

Best Support Services

 Medical Care Alert
Medical Care Alert
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Best Support Services: Medical Care Alert

  • Current promotion: Free lockbox
  • Starting monthly cost: $27.45 for at-home system and $36.62 for on-the-go system when paying quarterly
  • Device range: 600 to 1,000 feet
  • Connection type: Landline, AT&T, or Verizon cellular
  • Fall detection: $10 per month

Pros

  • 14-day risk-free trial period
  • Free lockbox with most orders
  • Decorative help button available with at-home systems
  • Price-lock guarantee
  • Free spousal monitoring for at-home systems and 10 percent discount for second on-the-go system
  • Text messages sent to contacts when someone presses the help button
  • Lightweight on-the-go device
  • Caregiver’s app with helpful functions

Cons

  • Monthly payment plan not available
  • $50 fee if system is not tested before being returned during trial period

Medical Care Alert Special Features

  • Advanced location detection
  • Caregivers can track location and location history
  • EMT/EMD-certified monitoring center agents

Best for Those Who Are Hard of Hearing or Seeing

 LifeStation
LifeStation
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Best for Those Who Are Hard of Hearing or Seeing: LifeStation

  • Starting monthly cost: $22.95 for at-home system and $37.95 for on-the-go
  • Device range: 500 to 600 feet
  • Connection type: Landline, AT&T cellular
  • Fall detection: $5 per month

Pros

  • Free trial period
  • Uber transportation service offered as add-on
  • Inexpensive spousal monitoring
  • Lightweight mobile device available
  • Smartwatch available
  • TMA Five Diamond–certified monitoring center

Cons

  • No online ordering or detailed prices available on the website
  • Inconsistent information from customer service

LifeStation Special Features

  • Can be paired with Alexa
  • Advanced location detection
  • Location tracking for caregivers

Best On-the-Go Coverage

LifeFone
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Best On-the-Go Coverage: LifeFone

  • Current promotion: One month free and free shipping with an annual or quarterly subscription
  • Starting monthly cost: $24.95 for at-home systems and $39.95 for on-the-go system
  • Device range: 1,300 feet
  • Connection type: Landline, AT&T, or Verizon cellular
  • Fall detection: $5 per month for most system

Pros

  • 30-day trial period
  • Price-lock guarantee
  • Optional daily check-in available
  • Referral program
  • Low-priced hybrid option
  • Free for spouses with most packages
  • Vanity pendants that encase help buttons available

Cons

  • Add-ons can get pricey

LifeFone Special Features

  • Advanced location detection
  • Caregiver mobile app with unique features
  • Several lightweight mobile options

Best for Those with Heart Conditions

Philips Lifeline
Philips Lifeline
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Best for Those with Heart Conditions: Philips Lifeline

  • Starting monthly cost: $29.95 for at-home system and $49.95 for on-the-go system
  • Device range: 400 to 800 feet
  • Connection type: Landline or AT&T cellular connection
  • Fall detection: Included with HomeSafe with Auto Alert and GoSafe 2 (no add-on fee required)

Pros

  • Advanced location technology on mobile device
  • Battery on mobile device lasts up to three days
  • 30-day risk-free trial

Cons

  • Activation fees required
  • Installation fees required
  • Equipment fee for on-the-go system required
  • Expensive monthly fees for at-home systems

Philips Lifeline Special Features

  • Advanced location detection
  • Includes a caregiver’s app
  • Mobile device is all-in-one

Jenny Wisniewski is a freelance writer specializing in elder care as well as environmental issues and travel. She has written for national and regional magazines, nonprofit organizations and businesses. Her work includes dozens of articles, white-papers, blog posts, and consumer guides. A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, she holds a bachelor’s in English/journalism and political science.

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