The simple answer is yes, AARP offers a discount on medical alert systems to its members through an exclusive partnership with Philips Lifeline. AARP Members get a 15% discount on the monthly service fee for medical alert systems, plus free shipping and activation.
That said, even with the AARP medical alert discount, Philips Lifeline is still more expensive than most other medical alert companies. For example,the offer from MobileHelp below starts at $19.95 a month, with an additional 2 free months and a 30 day risk free trial period ($10 cheaper per month than Philips Lifeline), so we would encourage our readers to shop around.
The easiest way to shop around is to call Philips Lifeline and at least one of the other companies below to ensure you're getting the best product, price and promotion available.
We've listed some of the most popular medical alert systems with their latest promotions and contact information so you can easily call and compare. You can also use our handy product and pricing comparison chart if you need to do a little more digging before you call.
1. MobileHelp (Best Price)
MobileHelp is one of the best selling and most cost competitive providers in the medical alert industry. They're able to offer the lowest prices because they actually manufacture their own equipment, unlike most of their competitors. In fact they manufacture for many of their competitors. They offer a full range of in-home, out of home, GPS, and fall detection devices.
What we like most about MobileHelp is their excellent equipment, senior focused service, strong offer incentives, 30 day risk free trial periods and free cancellation - making it risk free to try,
Current Discount: MobileHelp promotion offers 2 free months, 30 day money back guarantee, free cancellation, a free lock box, free activation and free shipping (Fall Sale offer expires September 30, 2020). If you ever wanted a deal, this is it!
Call for best pricing and ask for the Fall Special (800) 920-1745
Philips Lifeline is the largest provider of medical alert systems. They invented the industry and are recommended by more hospitals than any other medical alert company.
They have a great all in one out-of-home mobile medical alert device that has 2 way voice, fall detection and GPS, but is still small and nice looking. However, if you're looking for an in-home medical alert system, you may find cheaper alternatives that are just as good below - even with the AARP discount.
Current Discount: Philips Lifeline offers a 15% discount on their monthly subscription price to AARP members, plus free shipping and activation. You must call and provide your AARP membership number to get access to the AARP discount.
Call (855) 410-3191
Lifefone has a very large offering of medical alert systems from in-home to mobile, all with automatic fall detection offered as an option. Lifefone also offers a telephone check-in service, which is pretty unique in the industry.
Current Discount: LifeFone's current promotion, a discount available whether you're an AARP member or not, offers one free month, a free lock box, free shipping and free activation. But what we really like about LifeFone's offer is its risk free 30 day trial AND price lock guarantee. That means that the price you originally subscribe to can never be increased. LifeFone also comes with no contracts and free cancellation.
Call and ask for the Summer Special (promo code SAFE20), expires September 30, 2020 (free month, free activation, free shipping, free lock box)
Call (844) 263-7216
Medical Guardian is one of the largest medical alert system providers in the industry. They offer a complete suite of medical alert systems for every need, from in-door systems to out-of-home systems, GPS tracking, fall detection and smart watches.
What we especially like about Medical Guardian is their focus on customer service tailored to older adults, quick emergency response times and range between their pendents and base station.
Current Discount: Medical Guardian's Mother's Day promotion offers one free month, a free lock box, 2 free emergency help buttons, free spousal monitoring, free activation and free shipping.
Call and ask for promo code FALL20 (September Closeout Sale), expires September 30th, 2020.
Call (800) 889-4116
Bay Alarm Medical offers in-home medical alert systems, mobile systems and automated fall detection. It also has a new technology alerting responders in the event of a car accident. Bay Alarm has a solid reputation and offers very good value.
Current Discount: Bay Alarm Medical does not offer an AARP promotion, but has an always on promotion on its in-home landline system, that brings its monthly pricing down to $19.95 a month - but only for its in home landline device. It also offers free shipping and a 20% promotion on some of its plans, but you'll have to call to find out which plans, which we find annoying. What we do like about Bay Alarm Medical's offer is its 30 day free trial period.
Call and ask for the Fall Special - expires October 5, 2020.
Call (855) 692-0104
6. Life Alert
Life Alert is one of the larger medical alert companies in the industry. They're the company that made the "I've Fallen and Can't Get Up" commercials.
We do not recommend Life Alert to our readers for two reasons. First, we find Life Alert more expensive than what you can get for similar product and service from other medical alert companies. Second, we don't like that they lock you into long term 3 year contracts (they can be cancelled upon death and some other special circumstances, but you'll have to provide proof), when most other companies now offer no contracts and or free cancellation and pro rated refunds.
Current Discount: We could not find an advertised AARP discount and when we called and asked for any current promotions we were told there weren't any.
Call (800) 360-0329
Discounts For AARP Members
AARP offers tons of discounts for its members. While many of its discounts offer significant value, the 15% AARP discount on Lifeline medical alert systems shouldn't sway you to choose Lifeline over another provider if you find the other provider's products a better fit for your needs. Many other providers offer just as attractive and even more attractive discounts if you call and ask - whether you're an AARP member or not.
However, if you're set on getting a medical alert system from Philips Lifeline, there's no question you should take advantage of the AARP discount.
Either way, we recommend you call Philips Lifeline and at least one other medical alert company from the list above to compare offers and product compatibility with your needs.