Budget is an obvious factor, but it’s worth spending a little more to know your loved one is safe. After all, this device is their lifeline in an emergency. So it’s important to purchase one they’re comfortable using.
Most medical alert systems charge a one-time equipment fee and a monthly monitoring fee. You’ll usually pay both fees up front when you first purchase the system. Then you’re responsible for the monthly monitoring fee until you decide to cancel or switch.
Here are the starter prices from the best medical alert systems. We’ve included the lowest monthly monitoring and equipment prices from each to give you an idea of the starting price range.
Starting prices for medical alert systems can land anywhere between $20 and $200—this includes combined up-front costs for equipment, monitoring, and activation. From there, you typically pay only a monthly monitoring fee.
Bay Alarm Medical has a bare-bones starter system starting at $19.95 that requires a landline and comes with only a lanyard and base station. But this price doesn’t include add-ons like extra wearables or fall detection.
On the other hand, GetSafe charges $253.95 of its most advanced system for larger homes. It comes with five buttons, a base unit, and an alert pendant. After you buy the equipment, monitoring is only $24.95 per month.
The most important goal is to aim for a system that meets your loved one’s needs. If budget is still a concern, we’ve created a list of our favorite affordable medical alerts that can get you started.
Depending on the service and its features, monthly monitoring costs between $20 and $60 per month. The more devices in the system to monitor, generally the more expensive the monthly bill.
Wondering what exactly you’re paying for? Just like the pros who monitor security systems, the folks on the other side of a medical alert system can talk your loved one through a health emergency or find them if they get lost. They’re also the people who contact you and emergency responders when your loved one needs help.
Add-on features are usually a la cart items that make your system easier to use or more emergency ready. You can complement a system with extra SOS buttons, pendants, or wristbands.
Other common add-ons:
- Vial of life: a sheet with important personal information for emergency responders
- Lockbox: for your keys, medications, or other valuables
- Extra wearable devices: for you or your spouse
While most medical alert systems rely on preference, we recommend adding fall detection to your system (or at least considering it), especially if your loved one has taken a fall before.