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January 27, 2022

Five Things You Should Know Before Buying a Medical Alert System


Medical alert systems have come a long way since their debut in the 1970s thanks to Wilhelm Hormann who created one of the first known personal emergency response systems. While many of us may still think of these devices as large, bulky, and inconveniently designed - technological advancements have made these devices more ergonomic, and affordable. 

The market for these devices is expanding at an unprecedented rate. In a recent Newswire article, predictions currently indicate that the medical alert system industry will reach a $20.95 billion market value by 2030. 

To put it into perspective, the growth rate of 10.9% CAGR for medical alert systems between 2021 and 2030 is about the same as the entire Malaysian foodservice industry

This paints a vivid picture of how important these systems have become, not just for retirees who are looking to age in place, but for a global population who, after the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, have realized that proper health and safety protocols aren’t something one should overlook, even if you’re in the best physical shape you’ve ever been. 

With such a wide market of growth opportunities, and with the introduction of technology and other smart home devices, current innovation has pushed both in-home medical alert systems, and personal emergency response systems or PERS devices to become some of the most advanced and irreplaceable accessories in your home. 

But before you can buy just any one of these systems or devices, what are some considering factors you should think of. Additionally, here are five of the most important things you should know about PERS and in-home medical alert systems. 

Cost 

Affordability plays a key role, and when it comes to health and safety, having the best means spending a little bit more to have added peace of mind. 

Some medical systems are priced relatively well, such as MobileHelp, and in-home and on-the-go devices ranging between $19.95 and $44.95 per month. More expensive options such as Philips Lifeline, with a monthly subscription cost between $29.95 and $49.95, and WellBe Hands-Free with its most expensive package of $44.95 are still decently priced nonetheless. 

Compared to other in-home security and monitoring sensors that will cost over $200 to purchase, with additional installation, accessories, maintenance, and monthly fees, you soon start to realize how affordable some of the top medical alert systems have become in recent years. 

Inclusive Deals & Packages 

Just like some of our favorite techs may come standard with additional accessories, so do medical alert systems. 

Yes, it does mean that you will need to splurge a little bit extra to have the best components for your in-home or PERS device, but that is totally up to your budget and medical needs. 

Some additional features such as fall detection might already be included in standard subscription packages, while some won’t include it at all. Price can range between $5 and $15 extra per month. There’s also an equipment fee, which is free for most products, except for the Medical Guardian Mini, which is priced at $124.95.

Some companies and manufacturers are cutting back on making tech-heavy products and systems that will require an array of additional features or equipment to help keep costs to a minimum. 

Features 

Some medical alert systems are pretty nifty when it comes to their pre-installed features. And yes, some subscription deals include all premium features, at a low monthly fee.

Take for example how these devices can now constantly be connected to wifi to ensure proper monitoring. There are also now mobile apps that have been developed for some, which makes it easier for users to easily communicate with caregivers and family in case of an emergency. 

Features can vary across the market, for example, GetSafe PERS Pendant has a battery life of almost five years, but has a minimal in-home monitoring range. LifeFone can be connected to a landline or cell service such as AT&T but comes with additional features such as a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector alerts. 

Some systems feature small wall buttons, two-way communication, voice detection, and activation, and can even connect to an Amazon Alexa. There’s no need to stress about these systems’ features, as they’re jam-packed with high-tech gear and software. 

User-friendly 

Anything tech-related can very quickly become very complex and confusing to work with. When it comes to medical alert systems, manufacturers have specifically designed these devices to work and function without much-needed human intervention.

User-friendliness is one of the core aspects of PERS devices. From activation, which can be done in-store or online, to wifi connection and installation for in-home devices. Everything has been pre-planned and thought of to bring the best in home security and medical alert systems to you. 

Furthermore, it’s quite noticeable that these devices have not just been designed for retirees, but also younger, and more mobile individuals. Because of this, the market can reach a wider audience, help improve the safety of millions of people to help give them peace of mind when living by themself. 

Personal and Wearable

While the 1970s was the turning point for wearable medical alert systems, 2022 will also enable a host of new designs of personal emergency response systems for the coming decade. 

Some PERS devices can be as small as a ring, while others can be worn as a pendant, necklace, and even a wristband. The ergonomics of them is to ensure each wearer or user will have a more personal experience when using it. 

More so, it helps the wearer feel more comfortable carrying tech-heavy PERS devices. More so, one can even adjust the device to monitor heart rate, your sleeping patterns and set reminders for when to take your prescription medication. 

There are a bunch of personal features which can all be adjusted to your specific needs, which will in return make the PERS device more user-friendly and convenient to have around your person. 

Final Considerations 

Whatever type of medical alert system you’re looking to purchase, consider what your needs and budget are. Have a closer look at online reviews, and consumer forums to get a better idea of how these devices work in the real world, as opposed to what’s being advertised.

Finally, make sure to choose a device that has an easy learning curve, and carries the features you want to make use of. Personalization is a big trend currently in PERS and in-home medical alert systems, so focus on how you’ll be using it. Take back control of your health and safety, and be comfortable with technology helping you adjust to a new lifestyle.









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