Medical Alerts Lanyards for Seniors

Medical Alerts Lanyards for Seniors

time icon 5 min read update icon Sept. 30, 2019


Medical alert lanyards are designed to be worn around the neck, allowing seniors to contact emergency services if an emergency or fall prevents them from reaching a phone. The lanyard is outfitted with a large emergency button that can be easily accessed, ensuring that help can quickly be contacted. The medical alert lanyard can connect with the medical alert home base station up to 2,000 feet away, depending on the model you choose. A medical alert lanyard is added security that encourages independence while ensuring prompt response in the event of an emergency.


Pressing the medical emergency button on a lanyard will summon emergency help immediately, reducing the possibility of a senior being helpless as a result of a fall or other medical emergency. When the button is pressed, the senior’s emergency contacts will be immediately notified of the circumstances. The medical alert lanyard is relatively subtle and is designed to be worn around the neck. When worn properly, the lanyard helps to ensure that seniors can communicate directly with certified operators at the time of an emergency.

When wearing the lanyard, seniors can communicate instantly and efficiently from both inside and outside of their homes, as most lanyards have the capability of communicating a long range from their home bases. Traditional neck lanyards are quite popular in the senior community, as they are simple and comfortable to wear.

Advantages of Lanyards in Medical Alerts
  • Waterproof: Medical alert lanyards are waterproof and can be worn in a bath or shower.
  • Extended battery life: Lanyards generally have approximately three years of battery life.
  • Immediate response: When a senior signals for help, a trained professional will immediately contact the appropriate emergency agency to request assistance immediately.Trained professionals are available to assist 24/7/365.
  • Can be worn discreetly: If a senior is embarrassed to wear a medical alert lanyard, they may choose to wear it underneath their clothing to avoid gaining the attention of others
Disadvantages of Lanyards in Medical Alerts
  • Risk of being misplaced: Seniors who live with Alzheimer’s or dementia are prone to memory loss and may sometimes misplace their lanyards.
  • Safety Hazard: Lanyards were designed to be worn around the neck, but due to the strength of the material, they may catch fixed or moving objects and potentially become a strangulation risk.
  • Lacks style: Medical alerts lanyards are functional; some fashionable seniors complain that the lanyards are not stylish.
  • Frequent charging: The medical alerts lanyard may require charging every few days.
  • False alerts: Many seniors complain that when charging their lanyards, they often unintentionally press the emergency alert button, initializing a false alert. 
Enhancement Options for Lanyards
  • Breakaway mechanism: Since medical alert lanyards are designed to be worn day and night, some seniors choose to purchase medical alert lanyards with a breakaway mechanism to reduce choking hazards.
  • Stylish options: If a senior feels that their medical alert lanyard is not fashionable enough, they can choose to upgrade to a more stylish lanyard. Some medical alert companies offer a variety of beautiful, decorated, beaded and colorful lanyards.
  • Fall detection: Some medical alert lanyards can include a fall detection option. When the lanyard detects sudden movement or an impact, the device will automatically alert an emergency dispatcher, who can confirm if help is needed and contact emergency services if warranted.
  • GPS functionality: Some medical alert lanyards can be equipped with GPS to ensure that seniors can easily be found anywhere in the United States.
Cost Considerations for Lanyards in Medical Alerts

Generally, medical alert systems that include lanyards cost less than $50 for the equipment and around $30 per month for the monthly subscription service. Some companies require a contract, but many do not. Most medical alert companies offer a money-back guarantee if the senior is unhappy with the product.

Medical alert devices are not usually covered under Medicare parts A and B, however, it may be possible for seniors to obtain a medical alert device through either private insurance or a Medicare supplement plan.If a senior qualifies for Medicaid, some or all of the costs may be covered.

Additional Considerations for Lanyards in Medical Alerts

A medical alert lanyard is particularly helpful for seniors who live alone. It can boost a senior’s confidence by eliminating the fear of not having help at the time of a fall or other medical emergency. Due to its communication range, seniors can feel liberated both in and outside of the home. Many seniors live within a budget, and fortunately, some government programs will aid in the costs of a medical alert system. Medical alerts lanyards have grown to become a favorite, due to their ease and convenience of use.

T. Mashae Pearson - Senior Advisor

Shae is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.