The alert devices are wearable on the wrists, around the neck or they can be clipped to clothing. Interestingly, some of the devices can automatically detect when one falls and they can call for help even when one is unconscious.
Medical alert devices provide continuous monitoring of seniors and thus ensuring help is easily accessible. However, the concern for most seniors is whether the devices are covered under Medicare. Although Original Medicare does not cover the medical alert devices some Medicare Supplement carriers may give discounts on the cost of the medical alert devices.
Usually, Medicare Part B covers medical equipment and although medical alerts are part of medical equipment the plan doesn’t cover or offer any financial discount on the devices. However, the Medicare Advantage or other Supplemental plans do cover part or all the costs of medical alert devices depending on the plan. Here are some of the medical alarm options available for seniors.
This is perhaps the cheapest medical alert system for home coverage and it starts at around $19.95 per month. Bay Alarm Medical offers individuals an affordable and flexible monitoring option that fits their lifestyle. There is the in-Home device with a wrist control and receiver suitable for seniors with disabilities. Then there is the Mobile GPS Help Button that is GPS enabled and the In-Car Medical Alert system designed for vehicles to monitor clashes.
The systems can be fitted with auto fall detection but this is at an extra cost. The systems can work with VoIP as well as cable connections and response is swift and timely.
Lifeline system is a medical alert system manufactured by Phillips. It is in the form of a pendant or a wristband and it has a base that acts as a speaker and receiver. The system sends communications and signals through the AT&T network for enhanced coverage. Also, the device can be used in the shower where usually fall happen because the buttons are water-resistant.
There are the home alert system and a mobile option called GoSafe which uses WiFi to send signals. The home option requires around $50 as an initial investment for equipment and it starts at $29.95 for monitoring per month. GoSafe needs an initial investment of $149 for equipment and a monthly fee of $54.95.
MobileHelp is a versatile medical alarm provider because of its range of monitoring choices and high-quality equipment. All MobileHelp alert systems run on cellular networks and thus they are appropriate for seniors as well as disabled individuals in urban areas.
There is the Classic in-home alert system that comes in s wristband or pendant button with a base station sending signals on cellular networks. There is also the Solo system that offers GPS tracking as well as the Smart system which integrates with Samsung smartwatch to offer additional features and racking. The Duo combines the Solo and Classic systems and it offered at $41.95 per month.
If you are looking for the best value for the price, the LifeStation should be your medical alarm device. It is available as a wristband with a base station that connects to a landline and LifeStation Plus which connects on cellular networks and LifeStation Mobile enabled with GPS. For an annual plan, the system can get Medicare Coverage for around $25.95 each month.