Medical alert systems save lives. They let loved ones know when help is needed, and can be the most important device for an older person or someone with a disability. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best medical alert systems in Tampa whose devices are known for speed and accuracy.
Nearly 12 percent of Tampa’s population is age 65 or older, according to U.S. Census statistics. The same report shows that nine percent of the Tampa population younger than 65 has a disability. These are the people who benefit most from a medical alert system in Tampa, especially if they live on their own or with other at-risk individuals. When stairs or pets are in the house, it’s even more important to make sure these people are safe and supported.
When you’re looking for the best medical alert system in Tampa, consider the following:
You can buy a system that is battery-operated, plugs into a wall or runs through a phone line. Some also connect through Wi-Fi. Decide which system is easiest for you to maintain and operate.
Medical alert systems can be installed at your home, in your car and also be worn on your body as a necklace or a wristwatch.
It’s important to understand the range of your system. With some, you’ll need to stay within 250 feet of your base. Others will give you more than 1,000 feet of movement.
An app on your smartphone can complement the system you have and will keep you in range at all times if you have your phone on or near you (like in your purse).
Make sure there’s a battery back-up. In Tampa, power outages during thunderstorms are common, and you want to be connected at all times.
Most medical alert companies offer a risk-free trial or allow you to cancel without any long-term commitments.
The cost of your Tampa medical alert device will depend on the company you choose and the product you buy. If you’re on a budget, make sure you can afford the monthly fee and any extras, such as instant text messaging to family members, fall detection or a lockbox on your door that allows medical personnel to enter.
Look for a plan that locks in your rate so you aren’t faced with more expensive bills after a year or two. Some plans will allow you to add your spouse for free. Many companies offer free installation and don’t require you to pay for the leased equipment.
Reporting and installation options
There are different response options with medical alert devices. Companies will work with you to develop a plan best for your lifestyle and reporting preference. Emergency medical personnel can be dispatched immediately to your home, or a message can be sent to a family member first. Some products include a fall alert. Others have GPS systems that can send responders to exactly where you are.
Installation should be easy. Most systems arrive by mail with simple instructions and the option to call the company for guidance.
Discounts on medical alert systems in Tampa
Medicare and other insurance plans do not cover medical alert devices, but you can look for discounts. If you receive Medicaid or state assistance of any kind, you may be eligible for some financial help so you can remain living in your home instead of a nursing facility. The City of Tampa has an Elderly Affairs Department that can direct you to services that may help you pay for medical alert devices. The Hillsborough County Agency on Aging also has resources for seniors who need help paying for in-home medical support.
Medical Guardian is known for its wearable medical alert systems, so Tampa consumers can immediately signal for help wherever they are. Protection is personalized, waterproof and looks just like a wristwatch. Family plans are available, and the system is easy to set up and activate with the help of consultants online or over the phone.
LifeFone has been in the medical alert system business since 1976 and offers a long list of consumer-friendly products and services. Spouses are added to alert systems for free, and there are no activation or equipment fees. Tampa subscribers can add automatic fall detection and cancel at any time.
MobileHelp gives seniors and people with disabilities the chance to summon help when they’re at home or on the move. With location tracking and medical monitoring technology, Tampa consumers have a number of options when they’re choosing alert systems through MobileHelp. Its quality design and systems earned the company an FDA-Registered designation.
LifeStation provides mobile and home-based medical alert systems in Tampa. Several systems are available, and sales consultants will help you choose the one that’s best for your lifestyle. There’s no deposit or long-term contract required, and the system ships for free. Customers applaud the help LifeStation has provided their relatives.
Medical Alert provides a medical alert system to Tampa residents at home, on-the-go and even in the shower. With just the push of a button, help can be sent to your home or car or wherever you happen to be. There’s free activation, no charge for equipment and no long-term contract.
Active seniors love the customized response plans, automatic fall detection and two-way voice communication available with the GoSafe and HomeSafe devices by Philips Lifeline. With devices built to meet a variety of needs, even medication dispensing, the company makes sure you're covered at all times. Founded in 1974, Philips was the first company to provide medical alert devices to consumers.
Medical Care Alert
Medical Care Alert offers three different devices to cover seniors with different activity levels. The company locks in your price and guarantees it for life and offers an in-home risk-free trial on its service. Medical Care Alert’s devices have optional fall detection, GPS and cellular connection.
GreatCall Lively provides an easy-to-wear, waterproof mobile device that comes with GPS and optional fall detection. The company also offers an optional Urgent Care service that gives customers 24/7 access to nurses and board-certified doctors. GreatCall Lively has no annual contracts and no cancellation fees.
One Call Alert
One Call Alert has helped thousands of customers maintain safe and independent lifestyles at home and on the go. Medical alert systems come with flexible payment choices, optional automatic fall detection and no cancellation fees, and there are no long-term contracts. One Call Alert’s certified U.S.-based call centers are standing by to assist in an emergency 24/7.
ADT Health has medical alert systems to fit any lifestyle. Both in-home and on-the-go systems come with professional monitoring, flexible payment options and free battery replacement with no long-term commitment required. Bracelets and pendants are 100% waterproof so you’re always protected.
Bay Alarm Medical
Bay Alarm Medical offers a variety of medical alert products, including GPS help buttons and alerts for the home and car. Try one of their products or a bundle for 30 days, risk-free. Bay Alarm is community-focused and donates to national charities while working to protect lives and independence.
Life Protect 24/7
With guaranteed pricing, no contracts and no equipment fees, Life Protect 24/7 offers mobile and landline monitoring units. Mobile devices work outdoors, indoors and even in the shower. The battery stays charged for up to one month. There’s no cost for the medical alert device, but for an additional fee you can get a front door lockbox that can be opened by first responders.
RescueTouch provides medical alert systems tailored to your level of chosen response. Its devices come monitored or unmonitored and can contact family and EMS. The company was founded by an EMT and is owned and operated by first responders. RescueTouch also offers discounts for AARP members, individuals with disabilities and the families of nurses, first responders and veterans.
Acadian On Call
Acadian OnCall offers medical devices that contact one of 3 certified, U.S.-based monitoring centers. Its certified medical dispatchers will notify emergency medical services, family or other trusted contacts based on your needs. Acadian OnCall’s medical alert pendants are waterproof, allowing you to wear them 24/7. Acadian also consistently exceeds the industry average response time.
Named Best Medical Alert of 2018 by Modern Senior Magazine, Alert1 prides itself on treating customers like family with unlimited button pushes and talk time. The AlertOne Command Center is based in the U.S. and has a 5 Diamond certification from The Monitoring Association (TMA). Devices are made for in-home, on-the-go or both, and feature fall detection.
MedGuard Alert offers a wide range of products, including in-home and mobile help devices. The company has both monitored and unmonitored options, and its in-home devices can connect by landline or cellular. MedGuard Alert requires no long-term agreements and provides free equipment with any monthly monitoring program.