An Introduction to Medical Alerts

For those of us who are worried about a possible fall, stroke or any other sudden disability there has been few cost effective options for 24 by 7 “on call” help.   As it stands today, very few people can afford private health professionals to monitor them in the event of an emergency.  This has all changed with the arrival of the medical alert system.   Medical alert systems provide a level of safety and security to many people who wish to stay independent far into their golden years.   These systems provide the following benefits:

  • Immediate and instant communication with an emergency care operator
  • 24 x 7 support and reliability
  • Independence and protection to the medical alert user
  • Peace of mind for users and family alike

The medical alert industry is experiencing incredible growth as these systems are becoming more affordable as our society is continuing to age.

The components of a Medical Alert System

A typical medical alert system is composed of three parts called the transmitter, the base station and the call center.

Medical Alert With Emergency Button


The transmitter is the device where the emergency button is located.  Transmitters come in different forms but the most common is as a necklaces or pendants.   They also come as wristwatches, chest straps or belt attachments.  These units allow the user to activate the emergency button which opens two way communication with a trained emergency response operator.

Base Station

Base stations are the units that connect the user to the call center when the user pushes the emergency button on the transmitter.   Base station communicate to the call centre via a phone line.

Call Center

The call center are staffed with trained operators  who respond to incoming emergency calls and summon the appropriate help based on each situation.

How it Works

A medical alert systems is very simple to use and operate.  If a user of a medical alert system falls or is disabled they only have to  push the emergency button on their transmitter to be in instant communication with a emergency response operators.   The emergency response operator evaluates the situation and then dispatches the appropriate level of help.

Medical Alert How It Works Diagram


Which Medical Alert System Should I Choose?

There are many different companies that provide medical alert systems.   We have spent considerable time analyzing and reviewing the different products available.  In our review we have eliminated the regional medical alert providers as they may not provide service where you live, choosing rather the systems with coverage in both the United States and Canada.  We have also selected companies with an established track record and those in business for over 30 years.   We have also read and analyzed the positive and negative customer reviews on each product.   We hope that our review provides some guidance and help in the difficult task of choosing a medical alert system that best suits your needs.

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