There is one big question to answer before you choose a medical alert system: Do you need an in-home or mobile device? It's an important decision, as it could be the difference between complete protection and none at all.
In this guide, we’ll take a quick look at the differences between these systems and help you find the one that’s best suited for you or your loved one.
In-Home vs Mobile Alert Systems: What's the Difference?
The main difference between these two systems is that the home service works through a landline and relies on you being near the base station. It typically covers up to 1,400 feet, which means you should be covered throughout your home and even in your yard. However, it won't cover you when you step outside and go for a walk, jog, or simply visit your friends.
That's where mobile alert systems come in. These units can be carried around and work inside and outside the home. Mobile alert systems are also more expensive and as they are powered by batteries, they need frequent recharging.
How Do They Work?
An in-home medical alert system is entirely reliant on the base station, which connects through your landline. It does not need to be charged and features large buttons you can press to get help. It also connects to a wearable help button, and you can tap this in the event of a slip, fall, or health crisis. It sends a signal to the base station and connects you to an emergency response unit that can call your loved ones or emergency responders.
A mobile alert system uses a wearable pendant with cellular technology. You press the button to connect with the operations center and speak with them via a built-in two-way communication. Some of these devices have automatic fall detection, which sends an SOS when it registers a fall, and they also use GPS technology to help the first responders find you.
Isn't a Mobile System Better?
If a mobile unit works both inside and outside of the home and provides the same features as an in-home unit, you might wonder why everyone doesn't get the mobile version.
It's not quite as simple as that, as there are a few ways that an in-home system is better. For instance, a mobile unit will typically cost you between $10 and $20 extra per month. It also needs to be recharged every couple of days or so.
A mobile unit is great if you need additional cover outside the home and have the extra cash. It's also essential for anyone who suffers from dementia and is prone to wandering off, but if you rarely leave the house and want to save a few bucks, an in-home system is more than enough.