Getting older means you may need more assistance in your daily life, and certainly in case of emergency. As we age, our bodies often experience more of the effects of time than our minds do. It is common to feel mentally younger than you are. Our physical ailments remind us of this on a regular basis. Medical alert systems exist to help with some of the realities of aging.

Medical alert systems are a smart addition to any home in which the resident has an injury or disability or is elderly. A variety of options aims to address a wide range of basic needs and special circumstances. More advanced services allow for daily check-ins, fall detection and multiple language support. But for many people, confinement to the home is neither realistic nor convenient.

Most home systems use a wristband or necklace that you wear 24/7. The wearable piece connects wirelessly to a base station, which uses a landline phone to alert specialists in the event of an emergency or accident. The maximum range of a single station is 300 feet. That is an impressive range for an at-home device, but it will not help you if you fall on a walk or have an emergency while running errands.

Beyond the limitation set by the base station range, many people have switched off their landlines and gone completely mobile. If you use a cell phone instead of a house line, a medical alert system is still a viable option. In fact, there are several features available for home devices with an extension to a mobile phone via an app. They include:

  • 24-hour monitoring capabilities
  • GPS tracking of your exact location
  • Quick and convenient access to 911
  • Additional assurance someone is looking after you
  • Wide indoor and outdoor range

Still, not all medical alert devices offer extra protection through a mobile phone app. Many companies have not stepped up and offered this excellent service enhancement yet. The ones that do are helping save lives in a way that every customer deserves. So, which companies provide protection directly through your cell phone?

  • Medical Guardian. This medical alert system offers automatic fall detection and GPS location. The base station is mobile, so when you leave home you can take it with you.
  • Life Alert. Connect with this service either by one number on a traditional cell phone, or with the mobile app for smart phones. Life Alert has more than 28,000 customers, and the company continually updates equipment and services.
  • Life Button 24. A notification goes out to the response center as soon as you open the app. The company also provides a pendant necklace for protection on the go with the simple press of a button, as well as the mobile app for added protection.
  • 5 Star Medical Alert. Easy to use and affordable, 5 Star Medical Alert includes features such as GPS location tracking and fall detection. You can attach the device to a lanyard and wear it around your neck. Some reviews claim senior citizens may have trouble hearing what the support team is saying, however, which could be a critical downside.

There is no shortage of medical alert systems on the market today. Most offer help with the press of a button, GPS location tracking and 24/7 assistance from medical professionals. Mobile assistance is an added layer of protection that further reduces your limitations. So step outside, live your life and rest assured that help is never out of reach.

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