Finding the Right Medical Alert Device For You

There are a wide variety of medical alert devices on the market today, and the range of devices only continues to grow. In order to decide on a specific device, many factors have to be taken into consideration. Let’s elaborate on all the different possibilities with medical alert devices, so you can decide what you need from yours:


  1. What do I need my medical alert device to do?


  • Calling for help – It’s obvious that any medical alert device needs this to be its primary function. There are a variety of ways devices do this, but we’ll dive deeper into that later.
  • Fall detection – many medical alert devices have the ability to detect if the wearer/user falls, and automatically activates the alert function. This is a useful function for most seniors, or anyone not too steady on their feet.
  • GPS location – This is useful for independent senior or children, so the call center or emergency services receiving the device’s alert can see where they are immediately.
  • Activity Monitoring – Many in-home devices track your whereabouts or movements in the house.
  • Fitness tracking – Many devices track steps, heart rate, and more to provide insights into the wearer’s health.
  • Home security monitoring – Carbon monoxide, smoke, and fire detection.


  1. What kind of device do I need?


  • Wearability – some devices are worn as pendants, necklaces, or wrist watches, while some need to be kept in a pocket. Some devices are tabletop and stationary and may have a wearable accessory. Also pay attention to the ergonomics of the device – is it comfortable? Are the edges smooth? This is where a trial period may come in handy.
  • Waterproofing – There are different levels of waterproofing, so it’s essential you look at how wet a device can get.
  • Mobility – Can the device be worn out of the home? What sort of signal does it use to send an alert? Does it connect to a smartphone or does it operate on its own? There are a lot of questions when it comes to mobility. Be sure to choose a device that is versatile in this area, so you have the option of bringing it wherever you go.
  • Setup – Be sure to understand the requirements for setting up a device, especially if it’s an in-home console. These may have extra steps required to getting the device functioning properly.
  • Connectivity – Who can the device put you in touch with? Does it connect to a call center? (most do.) Does it connect directly to 911? Can it connect with friends or family through a smartphone? It’s essential you know who you can connect with through your alert device.
  1. How much am I able to pay?
  • Contracts – Many devices have ongoing monthly fees or long-term contracts, somewhere between $20 and $50 a month. Being bound by a contract isn’t ideal, so consider devices that are one-time purchases, such as Help Now Alarm Company devices.
  • Hidden fees – Many companies will have surprise fees hidden in the contract or agreement, such as repair fees or regular maintenance. It’s important you shop for devise that are transparent about their pricing.
  • Guarantees and Cancellation policies – Look for trial periods, money-back guarantees, and if you opt to start a contract, be sure you understand the cancellation policy prior to signing anything.
  • Discounts – Don’t be afraid to ask about discounts for multiple people in the household, veteran or insurance discounts, et cetera. It could save you some money!


Help Now Alarm Company has a variety of medical alert devices that cover many of these requirements. All Help Now devices are mobile and contact 911 directly. Our SmartGo device is waterproof, more compact, and durable. Our Bluetooth companion pairs with a smartphone to contact your loved ones at the push of a button. Our range of products provides many possibilities to suit your medical alert device needs. Visit our collection of products at to learn more.


After reviewing all of the different possibilities with medical alert devices, it’s clear that they can be very different from one another. When shopping for your medical alert device, it’s essential you decide which of these features are most critical, and shop accordingly.