If you’re on the move and get out of the house frequently, you may want to consider a mobile medical alert system. Standard emergency response systems only help you when you’re in your home. But now there are GPS and cellular based systems that allow loved ones to track you live, locate you in an emergency and put you in contact with emergency responders no matter where you are.
The best mobile medical alert systems offer 3 great services. First they allow you to contact and speak with emergency responders at the push of a button in or out of the home. Second, in the event you can’t speak or are disoriented, the devices use GPS or Triangulation to find you. Third, they allow loved ones or caregivers to track your whereabouts live – providing independence with a strong safety net.
All of that sounds great - however. Most emergencies and falls take place in the home and even the best mobile medical alert systems may not work as well in your home as a basic landline system.
Moreover, if you’re savvy and nimble enough, you can always use your cell phone to call 911 and add an app to allow family members to track you via GPS live while you’re out and about.
That said, if you get strong wireless coverage in your house and you go out and about, a mobile alert system may be just the right choice for you.
Here’s our list of the best Mobile Medical Alert Systems for 2018:
Most Affordable Mobile Medical Alert System
The Winner: GreatCall Lively Mobile
GreatCall Lively Mobile hits the mark on the three most important features – great product, great service, great pricing.
From a product perspective, GreatCall Lively Mobile has the largest mobile network of all through Verizon (almost everyone else uses AT&T), allows members to track the location of the device live through GPS, is shower / bath proof, offers fall detection and has one of the best looking, easy to use devices on the market. You can even find your misplaced device by sending a ping to it and it will ring out loud, or by tracking it using GPS!
GreatCall also stands out in service with the fastest response time in the industry according to Good Housekeeping Magazine, has its own monitoring center (does not outsource), and it’s monitoring center is 5Star certified with agents who are able to dispense the same advice as 911 operators (most agents do not have that level of training).
GreatCall Lively Mobile also offers an Urgent Care service that allows members to press their button and seek the advice of a registered nurse or doctor 24/7. You can access the service as often as you’d like. In fact, the doctors can even prescribe over the phone for some common medications.
GreatCall Lively also offers a service called GreatCall Link, which allows family members to stay totally connected with the wearer of the device by alerting family members and caregivers when a call is made to 5Star, the power level of the connected device, and the current location on a map of your loved one.
The pricing of the GreatCall Lively Mobile makes it very affordable. First, you buy the device and own it. The price for the device is $37.49 with a $35 activation fee. After that, the monthly cost starts at $19.99 a month. If you also want to access the nurses/doctors line and live GPS tracking its $24.99 a month. If you want all of the above plus fall detection and GreatCall Link its $34.99. Many mobile alert systems start at $40-$50 a month, like the Phillips Lifeline system which starts at $54.95 a month plus $149 for the equipment!
The only down side to the GreatCall Lively is that it’s battery needs to be recharged every 24 hours. There are systems that last longer.
Best GPS/Tracking Mobile Medical Alert System
The Winner: Bay Alarm Medical
While most mobile emergency medical response systems only locate a device when the button has been pressed, Bay Alarm also allows you to check on the current location of a loved one from your phone, their location history and you can even set-up a geofence alerting you by text if your loved one has crossed over the perimeter you set-up – we don’t know of any other device that allows you to do all those things.
The other advantage of Bay Alarm medical’s GPS system is that it uses satellite GPS instead of cellular triangulation to determine your location. So in the event you’re in a location with no cell phone service, emergency responders can still be sent to your location via satellite GPS. That’s a big difference from the vast majority of devices in the marketplace that rely on cell phone tower triangulation.
Even with satellite GPS tracking, Bay Alarm Medical also uses AT&T for cellular communications – press the button and Bay Alarm Medical will receive your location and reach out to you through the speaker in your device over AT&T’s cellular network. If you press the device and there is no cell phone coverage, Bay Alarm Medical will capture your location via satellite GPS and dispatch 911 emergency response to your location immediately.
The device itself is also one of the smallest on the market at 1.8 inches wide by 2.7 inches long. That makes it easy to hang around your neck, wear on your belt or carry in your purse. The device can be worn in the shower or bath and you can also get fall detection.
Bay Alarm’s pricing is very competitive. There is no equipment or activation charge and a 30 day free trial period. Monthly monitoring starts at $27.95. If you want to add GPS live tracking it costs a total of $32.90 a month and if you add fall detection the total monthly cost is $42.85 a month.
The big advantage of Bay Alarm Medical’s pricing model is that there is no upfront cost and you get a 30 day free trial – no risk to you, don’t like it send it back and you don’t pay a dime – why not give it a shot? To top it off they throw in a free safety lock box and Bombas socks!
Best Lasting Mobile Medical Alert System
The Winner: Alert 1 Kelsi
One of the drawbacks of a mobile medical alert system is that the mobile device you take with you has to be recharged – similar to a cell phone. Many units have to recharged every 24-36 hours. Because loss of power means loss of protection, battery charge is a significant risk – especially for those with any type of forgetfulness.
The Alert 1 Kelsi mobile medical alert system only has to be recharged every 30 days! The next best unit as far as we know is the Phillips Lifeline which has to be recharged every 7 days. Even with systems that do a good job of letting users know when their device has to be recharged, or even lets loved ones know when their parent's device has to be recharged – only worrying about it every 30 days, versus every 36 hours is a significant safety and convenience benefit.
The Alert 1 Kelsi runs on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks, and uses TDOA triangulation (same as 911) to locate you within 2 meters of your location – that’s 6 feet. It can be used in the shower or bath and is also a small, lightweight device (1.7 inches wide by 2.7 inches long) that can be worn around your neck, or placed in your purse or pocket.
Despite the fact that its product has leapfrogged the industry, it comes in at a very competitive price. There is no up-front cost for the equipment or installation. The cost is $30.95 per month, with free shipping, free activation, free month of warranty, free lock box and a 30 day money back guarantee! Pay annually and you get an extra 2 months free! Semiannually and you get 1 month free!