Medical Alerts with Two-Way Pendant for Seniors

Medical Alerts with Two-Way Pendant for Seniors

time icon 7 min read update icon Sept. 30, 2019


Medical alert two-way pendants are lightweight, waterproof and discreet. You can carry one on you and place others throughout your home. You can also wear the pendant around your neck. The system typically comes with two pendants, so you and your spouse are both protected. You can use the pendant to call for first responder emergency assistance, or you can ask that a friend or family member be summoned.


The two-way medical alert pendant system effectively protects two or more people in one home. You can also opt to keep a pendant in key areas of the residence such as beside the bed, in the bathroom, or in the kitchen. The lightweight pendants allow a two-way conversation in the event of an emergency. Each medical alert system will function with up to four pendants and a base unit. Emergency wall connectors can also be used with the system. The base unit is what utilizes the signals from the pendants throughout the home so help can be quickly summoned.

The handheld pendants can be carried out into the yard and still function. They are also waterproof, so you don't have to worry if you accidentally drop one into the bath or sink. Some of the two-way pendants on the market do not rely on a base unit, but use a cellular network signal. This means they can be carried outside the home, such as to a park or for a walk around the block. With mobile pendants, you can summon help from anywhere.

Advantages of Medical Alerts with Two-Way Pendant for Seniors
  • The medical alert base unit is made to function with up to four individual pendants.
  • Wall units can also be added and used with the medical alert base unit.
  • The pendants are waterproof.
  • They can be used out in the yard so that help can quickly be summoned if an accident should occur on the porch or in the garden.
  • Each pendant features a speaker, a microphone, and a button to press for help.
  • The “help” button on the pendant can be pushed to immediately summon help if you cannot speak into the microphone to ask for help.
  • You choose if you want a first responder medical team summoned or a friend or family member.
  • Mobile pendants function off of cell phone towers so they can be used inside and outside the home.
  • Some medical alert pendants come with a built-in GPS system, which is ideal if a senior wanders away from the home and becomes lost.
  • 24-hour monitoring and assistance is provided with the pendants.
  • Pendants are often equipped with fall detection software, so if a senior should fall and be knocked unconscious, the pendant will summon help.
  • The pendants are small and lightweight.
  • You can wear the pendant as a necklace or place it in your pocket. Some pendants are also affixed to watch bands and can be worn on the wrist.
  • Help can also be summoned using the base unit.
  • No need for a landline because help is summoned using a cell signal; even the base unit functions from a cell signal.
Disadvantages of Medical Alerts with Two-Way Pendant for Seniors
  • There is a monthly expense with nearly all of these types of medical alert systems.
  • The pendant is small and can be easily lost.
  • The system runs off a cellular phone service; even the base unit must have a clear cell signal to function. In areas where a cell signal is weak, the system may not function well.
  • The pendants must be recharged frequently so the battery does not deplete.
  • Many pendants take up to two hours to charge fully, which means the senior will be without the security of the mobile pendant if an emergency should occur during this time, because the device must be affixed to the charging station to charge.
  • The GPS feature on many pendants is not a 100 percent accurate.
Two-Way Pendant for Seniors Enhancement Options for Medical Alerts

When purchasing a medical alert pendant system, there are several enhancement options that a senior might want to consider.

  • Pendants can be outfitted with GPS location services, which are ideal if a senior should wander away from home and become lost.
  • You can choose either a necklace or a wrist pendant to fit your unique physical needs.
  • Most medical alert plans come with two pendants, but additional pendants can be added. Many systems will handle up to four pendants.
  • Fall detection is beneficial if a senior should fall and be knocked unconscious.
  • Some systems come equipped with fire and smoke monitoring.
  • Wall mounted buttons can be installed to work with the system.
  • Medical dispensing services can be added to notify you when it’s time to take your medication.
Cost Consideration Associated with Two-Way Pendant

The purchase price of a medical alert system with pendants and a base unit can range from $35 to $60 per month. In some cases, an activation fee of up to $100 might be required to start the service. Some medical alert services require a contract that ranges from one to three years. Typically, there is a 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not completely happy with the service. You can also add additional features such as:

  • Check-in services, which average $20 per month.
  • Fire and smoke monitoring for around $50 per month.
  • Medication reminders for around $9 per month.
  • Carbon monoxide monitoring for around $50 per month.
  • Additional pendants usually average $29 to $100.
Additional Considerations of 2 Way Pendant in Medical Alerts

Although it is nice to have the basic medical alert service with two-way pendants, you should also consider purchasing extra services to feel even more secure in your day-to-day lifestyle. A check-in service can help you feel less alone. With this service, you will know that if something should happen to you and you cannot summon help using your medical alert pendant, someone will be checking in on you. Another perk is a system of daily medical reminders. Everyone forgets things sometimes, so having medication reminders is always a plus. You should also consider purchasing additional pendants so that if something should happen to one of your pendants or you misplace them, then you will have spares.

Of course, a senior can opt to live without medical alert services and pendants, but the peace of mind that they bring most individuals is truly priceless. You know that if an accident should occur, then help will quickly be on the way. The low monthly cost of the service makes it affordable for virtually anyone. These pendants are a reliable choice to help you maintain your independence.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

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