If you have Medicare Advantage Plans or a Medigap policy that includes Part C, you may be able to get a medical alert system for free. Some companies have bundled deals where you receive both an at-home and mobile device for a discounted rate. You should contact your insurance provider to see if this is an option for you.
If not, you can try to save on a medical alert system by watching for sales and holiday specials. You should also check with your local Area Agency on Aging to see if there are any grants or other programs available that can help you pay for a life alert system.
There are many different medical alert systems on the market. Some use landline telephone connections while others use cellular technology. The cost of the system depends on how much you want to pay for the equipment and the monthly monitoring fees. Most systems come with a pendant that has a button that you can press to call for assistance. The system will then connect you to a customer service representative who will dispatch emergency responders if necessary. The system will also alert your loved ones and friends that you are in need of assistance.
Some of the best medical alert systems are from companies that own their own monitoring stations. This gives the company more control over quality and training. It also means that the prices for these systems are typically less expensive than those of competitors that rent their monitoring stations.
Most medical alert system companies offer a free trial period and month to month contracts. This allows you to try the system out and see if it is right for you before you commit to paying for a year or more of service. Some companies will even allow you to cancel at any time, no questions asked. This is especially important if you think you may forget to wear the device or if it doesn’t work properly.
A medical alert system can provide peace of mind for seniors who live alone. It can also give family members and caregivers confidence that their loved one will be able to get help quickly if they fall or have an accident at home. Some older adults have chronic diseases or disabilities that make a medical alert system essential.