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Medical Alert Systems for Alzheimer’s Safety

By Erik Gans, 8:00 am on

Medical alert systems play a protective role in ensuring safety for seniors with Alzheimer’s, while also offering immense peace of mind to family caregivers. These systems first came on the market in the 1970’s. They consisted of simple, push-button pendants that were connected to a home phone that alerted a call center during a crisis. Today’s medical alert devices are much more sophisticated. Here, Fairfield Home Care Assistance shares the best high-tech systems currently available.

LifeCall

  • Type of Telephone Service – cellular and landline
  • Name of Monitoring System – Advanced with FallAlert
  • Device – Neck pendant and wristband
  • GPS Mobile Option – MobileAlert location identification is $34.95 per month
  • Cost – $39.95 per month for FallAlert on the quarterly plan
  • Range – 600 feet within the home; nationwide outside the home with MobileAlert option
  • Quality Assurance – UL-Listed
  • Other Benefits – LifeCall offers a lifetime price guarantee, free monitoring for a spouse, operators are EMT-certified, and a free Safe-at-Home Kit includes a magnetized list of health records and a window sticker for easy home ID by paramedics.

MobileHelp

  • Type of Telephone Service – cellular
  • Name of Monitoring System – Cellular Duo
  • Device – Waterproof neck pendant
  • GPS Mobile Option – Works away from home nationwide; $39.95 per month
  • Cost – $39.95 monthly on the quarterly plan with Fall Detection
  • Range – 600 feet within the home
  • Quality Assurance – UL-Listed
  • Other Benefits – MobileHelp offers a 30-day, risk-free trial.

Medical Care Alert

  • Type of Telephone Service – cellular and landline
  • Name of Monitoring System – Home GSM Fall Detection
  • Device – pendant with two-way communication, wristband, or clip-on
  • GPS Mobile Option – Nationwide protection with a Home & Away Plan for $39.95 per month
  • Cost – $44.95 monthly on the quarterly plan with Fall Detection
  • Range – 600 feet within the home; nationwide through AT&T Wireless Service
  • Quality Assurance – UL-Listed
  • Other Benefits – Medical Care Alert offers free monitoring for a spouse, and operators have the most thorough training in the industry, with EMT certification and training by the Security Industry Association. Specialized support is provided for the deaf and hearing-impaired, there is a 30-day risk free trial period and a lifetime price guarantee. The company also performs all service, repair, and battery replacements.

Medical Guardian

  • Type of Telephone Service – cellular, mobile, and landline
  • Name of Monitoring System – Premium Guardian
  • Device – Neck pendant; can also be worn at the waist with the included belt clip
  • GPS Mobile Option – Works up to 350 feet outside the home; $39.95 per month
  • Cost – $49.95 monthly for Premium Guardian with fall detection
  • Range – 600 feet within the home
  • Quality Assurance – UL-Listed
  • Other Benefits – The Call Center is staffed by 911-trained representatives and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and lifetime warranty. The MobileGuardian option also comes with a free lock box that attaches to the outside of the home. It contains the house key for access by emergency personnel, as well as caregivers, friends and family.

LifeFone

  • Type of Telephone Service – Company cellular or landline
  • Name of Monitoring System – On-The-Go With Fall Detection
  • Device – pendant or bracelet, along with belt and pocket clips
  • GPS Mobile Option – Offered with On-The-Go service, with a range of 350 feet outside the home; $39.95 monthly on the quarterly plan
  • Cost – $49.95 monthly on the quarterly plan for On-The-Go With Fall Detection
  • Range – 600 feet within the home
  • Quality Assurance – FDA-Registered
  • Other Benefits – A contract is required, which can be cancelled at any time without penalty. All plans offer an additional call button and comes with lifetime, locked-in pricing and a lifetime warranty. The pendant is unique in that it also answers calls. Monitoring services are also available in 200 languages.

Note – These listings are for informational purposes only and do not represent an endorsement by (or for) Home Care Assistance. Services and prices listed above are dated April 2015 and are subject to change. When you receive a quote, be sure to ask for it in writing.

For more information about in-home Alzheimer’s care in Fairfield, reach out to Home Care Assistance and schedule an in-person consultation with an experienced and friendly Care Manager. Having a trained and experienced Alzheimer’s caregiver by your loved one’s side can further ensure safety, comfort and quality of life at home. Call 203-955-1915 and request your complimentary, no-obligation consultation today.