Medical Alerts with Home and Away for Seniors

Medical Alerts with Home and Away for Seniors

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


A medical alert system with home and away features helps to ensure that seniors will have access to emergency assistance whether they are home or out and about. The medical alert home and away option does not require a landline connection. The device works similarly to a telephone, allowing the senior to speak directly through the device to the operator.

When a senior presses the alert button; they will be connected directly to an emergency operator, who will then determine the level of assistance needed and dispatch the appropriate emergency response agency.


Medical alert systems that include the home and away option can provide families with confidence and security that their loved one will have access to help in the event of an emergency. The system is simple to use, as the senior will only need to press the alert button during an emergency. Medical alert systems can be a reliable option for seniors who live alone.

Whether the emergency is a fall, a fire, or any event that requires immediate medical response, with the press of button, the senior will be immediately connected to a live agent who can then assess the level of help needed.

Advantages of Medical Alerts with Home and Away
  • Easy to wear: Seniors can choose to wear a portable medical alert device on a belt clip or in a pocket. For added convenience, it can also be clipped to clothing, or worn around the neck as a lanyard.
  • Single-touch medical alert button: During an emergency, seniors can press the alert button to summon help. Pressing one button to call for emergency assistance is easier for seniors than taking the multiple steps needed to call for help using a cell phone.
  • Mobile medical alert device: The portable device allows seniors to call for help, regardless of where they are. This option is especially convenient for seniors who are always on the go.
  • Immediate response: If a senior signals for help during an emergency, a trained professional will immediately contact the corresponding emergency agency for assistance.
Disadvantages of Medical Alerts with Home and Away
  • Risk of being misplaced: Portable medical alert devices that can be worn are usually small and lightweight, increasing the likelihood of being lost or misplaced. Seniors who live with Alzheimer’s or dementia are prone to memory loss may misplace their devices.
  • Cannot detect all falls: The home and away option is usually accompanied with a fall detection feature. Unfortunately, a medical alert device is not always 100% accurate in detecting falls. In some instances, falls are not detected, which could lead to dire consequences.
Enhancement Options for Medical Alerts with Home and Away
  • Fall detection: Some medical alert systems include a fall detection option. When the device detects impact or a sudden movement, it will automatically alert an emergency dispatcher, who can confirm whether help is needed.
  • GPS functionality: Some medical alert systems can be equipped with GPS to ensure that seniors are protected anywhere in the United States. Caregivers and family members can set up parameters and get notifications via SMS or email if the senior ventures beyond the set parameter.
  • Waterproof: Seniors should opt for a system that is waterproof. Waterproof systems are safe to be worn in the shower or out in the garden. Since the bathroom is a high-risk fall area, having a water-resistant medical alert device is invaluable.
Cost Consideration for Medical Alerts with Home and Away

Medical alert systems that offer home and away features provide independence and peace of mind for thousands of seniors and their families. On average, systems cost around $1 per day, or$30-$49 per month, depending on equipment.Usually, there are no long-term contracts. Most companies also offer a 14-30-day trial period, which begins on the date the system arrives at the home.

Additional Considerations for Medical Alerts with Home and Away

Medical alerts with the home and away feature are invaluable for seniors who are active but desire access to emergency care wherever they go. Protection is available during an emergency whether the senior is inside, outside or away from their home. Access to emergency operators is guaranteed 24/7, with the added option of GPS to determine the exact location if the senior is confused or unresponsive. These devices can serve as safety nets which allow seniors to live with the peace of mind that they can get help when they need it.

T. Mashae Pearson - Senior Advisor

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