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Question DetailsAsked on 4/7/2012

I'm looking for a medical alert system for my geriatric mother, who lives alone. Have these systems been rated by Angie's List?

I keep seeing "Life Alert" adds on TV, but they do no receive good reviews. I'm wondering if anyone can give me feedback on good, reasonably priced systems in the Northern Virginia area.

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There are many good companies that provide medical alert systems nationwide, and will service your area in northern Virginia.

This link will give you a list of FTC guidelines for choosing a medical alert system, which is published on our blog.

Our medical alert company services your area, and all 50 states. You can find us on Angies List under the name "Medical Care Alert" located in Novi, Michigan (suburb of Detroit).

Call us if you have any questions


Answered 8 years ago by Bryan


I'm sorry, but Angie's List doesn't offer ratings and reviews for specific products, such as Life Alert.

Answered 8 years ago by Cas


My friend recently got a med alert for his mother. It has amazing range (over 500 feet) and he doesn't have to pay monthly fees. He's very satisfied with it and he says it doesn't sacrifice any quality for its amazing price. I'd reccomend this medi alert to anyone over life alert or another "pay per month" alert.

Here's a link to the company he got his from:


Source: My friend

Answered 8 years ago by Dan B


I've heard some good feedback on Rescue Alert of California's medical alert systems. They provide a great service and their system has a large range. Of course, you need to do your research and find one that is right for you, there are many factors that come into the decision. Check this comparison chart for a way to compare a few leading brands/products side-by-side.


Answered 8 years ago by kristin0128


There is a slight difference between units w/o monthly fees and units w/them. Units w/o monthly fees are not monitored. There are numbers programed in the unit and are dialed if you need help. Well what if you can not talk and you press the button? Yes it will automatically call 911 for you if programmed but is it going to call your loved one right after? If so, how are you going to be able to communicate to them if you can't speak? With a 2 way unit with 24/7 monitoring if the operator can not hear you they are going to immediately call 911 and they are also going to call your emergency contacts and let them know the situation. They also notify 911 of any medications or medical conditions you may have and let them know if you have a lockbox somewhere w/a key so they don't kick your door down. So sometimes it is worth paying that small monthly monitoring fee to feel well protected. I work w/Medical Life Alarm and our 2 way unit with 24/7 monitoring is sent out at no cost and you are just responsible for that monitoring fee. Usually we charge $29.95 per month put I can offer special discounts to greatly reduce that monthly price. When you sign up you are not under any contract and we guarentee your price will never increase even if ours do.

Medical Life Alarm, LLC


Answered 8 years ago by lisa_mla


$29/mo equals $348.00 each and every year you have one of those systems.
Let's say you have it for 5 years, that's $1740.00.
Now regarding it calling a call center instead of a friend or 911. So you press a button with a monitored system, some stranger answers and does not know your medical situation, your home layout or anything about you, they ask you what you need and you say 'an ambulance', now they call an ambulance and have th give them your address on file (how long is that going to take). What if you just fell down and need help getting up or what if you are out in the yard and fell? Those monitored systems can't talk with you if you are outside your home, like if you were going to the mailbox and fell. This system is a one time cost of $279.95 forever, never another penny paid. If you are 600 feet away (2 football fields) and you fall or need anything just press the button and talk right through the panic button (you can even answer your phone with the button so you dont have to run to get the phone). Here is the link again


Answered 8 years ago by heretohelp

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