You can now connect to Lively's professional monitors through an Amazon Echo, iPhone, or Apple Watch on all Lively plans. No Lively devices are necessary for these integrations.
With the Amazon Echo integration, you can say, "Alexa, call for help." A Lively monitor will talk to you through your Echo device and can dispatch emergency responders if necessary. This seems basic, but voice-activated calls are rare among medical alert systems—Lively's now the fourth at-home option on the market aside from GetSafe, Aloe Care Health, and Medical Guardian.
For the Apple Watch and iPhone integrations, download the Lively App. When you need help, tap the icon to call the monitoring center. There are some caveats though—your Apple Watch must have cellular calling capabilities, for example, which costs extra.
The companion app Lively Link is a big plus for caregivers looking for a system for their loved ones. Even if your parents or grandparents are open to using a medical alert device, making sure they keep it charged and stay in touch can be a different story.
Lively Link lets you pinpoint their location and check on their device’s battery. It also sends you alerts whenever they press their 5Star help button. Their information stays private, but it’s a helpful tool for keeping tabs on older adults who may wander or forget to charge their alert button.
The only drawback is you’ll have to subscribe to a Preferred plan to get access to the app, which means paying $29.99 per month instead of $24.99.
You probably don’t have time to visit a doctor every time your arthritis acts up or a medical question comes to mind. Instead of sitting in a waiting room and dealing with expensive copays, Lively connects you to medical professionals with the Urgent Care app.
This feature (available with the Preferred plan) connects you to real doctors and nurses for quick check-ins and medical questions you may have in mind. It isn’t designed to replace regular doctor’s visits, but you’ll get the answers you need fast. It costs a little extra each month, but costs come included with your monthly monitoring fee.
If you’ve been injured from a fall before, you know how scary it can be. For folks over 65, falls can be especially devastating. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in five falls results in serious injury, with more than 300,000 people hospitalized for hip fractures every year.1
Falls can be especially dangerous if they knock you unconscious. That’s why a feature like automatic fall detection is so important in a medical alert device. While it’s an extra paid feature, it allows the device to sense changes in speed and pressure during a fall. When it senses activity, it will automatically call the 5Star center, getting you help as soon as possible.
This feature costs a bit more from Lively than other medical alert systems (which usually charge an extra $10 per month), but it’s worth considering if you have conditions like osteoporosis, mobility issues, vision problems, or foot pain.