Medical Alerts with Home Systems for Seniors

Medical Alerts with Home Systems for Seniors

time icon 4 min read update icon Sept. 30, 2019


As we age, we may become more susceptible to falls and other unexpected health crises. Living independently often becomes a struggle, but medical alert home systems offer peace of mind with 24/7 monitoring.


A medical alert home system is often referred to as a personal emergency response system (PERS), medical emergency response system (MERS) or fall monitor. It enables a senior to continue to live an independent lifestyle without truly being alone At any time, you can effortlessly summon medical assistance in the event of an emergency. Some systems even offer fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detection for an extra fee.  There are also medication alert services available.

Benefits of Medical Alerts with Home System
  • 24/7 day or week monitoring assistance
  • You wear a small pendant or bracelet to summon help if you experience an emergency. The pendant or bracelet work in conjunction with the home system.
  • Wall buttons that work with a home base system are available—simply push to summon help.
  • These home systems help you maintain an independent lifestyle
  • A home system usually comes with the base system and two pendants or bracelets. Two or more users in the home can use a pendant or bracelet with the home system.
  • Not all medical alert systems require a landline. Many operate off a cell phone signal.
  • Medical alert home systems are easy to use. You simply push a button to summon help.
  • Some systems also offer two-way communications.
  • Either first responders or family members can be summoned using the system.
  • The wearable devices are waterproof.
  • The pendants and bracelets are lightweight.
Disadvantages of Medical Alerts with Home System
  • There is a monthly fee. The monthly membership plans can be expensive and out-of-budget of many seniors.
  • The service often requires a one-year contract or longer.
  • Deposits are often required to start medical alert services.
  • Some of the pendants and bracelets last for two years without requiring charging, and others need frequent charging by mounting on a home port.
  • Medical alert devices with fall detection cannot always detect 100 percent of all falls.
  • If the medical alert home system relies on a cell phone signal to operate, it may not always have a strong enough cell signal to summon help.
Cost Considerations for Medical Alert Home Systems

The monthly cost of a medical alert home system can range from $30 per month to $50 per month for a basic service. Many companies require a deposit before the system can be installed. The devices cost anywhere from $30 for one pendant on up to hundreds of dollars depending upon the various types of equipment you select. You can add fall detection, smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detection for additional fees per month. You can also add medication schedule alerts for an additional fee.

Additional Considerations for Medical Alerts with Home Systems

A senior can live an independent life without medical alert home services, but there is always a danger that a fall or some other emergency may occur and you will be unable to reach a phone to summon help. With medical alert pendants and bracelets, help is only a push of a button away. This helps provide invaluable peace of mind and can truly be a lifesaver if a life-threatening event should occur.

It is estimated that one in four seniors will sustain a fall in the next year that will result in an injury. Having fall detection can help save your life if you are knocked unconscious. You can also choose to have medication reminders using the system. Fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detection services may also prove invaluable. Medical alert home systems can help a senior continue to live an independent life.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

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