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More than 55 million people in the world live with dementia.1 The disease takes a physical, social, and psychological toll on those diagnosed and their caregivers. Medical alert systems can make living with and caring for someone with dementia a little easier. Below, we’ll dive into five different medical alert systems with features that help keep individuals with dementia as independent as possible while offering more peace of mind to their families.
Seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia have unique needs when it comes to a medical alert system. That’s why we’ve narrowed down the options to make choosing the best medical alert system for your loved one easier. We evaluated the following criteria: pricing, customer service, ease of use, and special features such as GPS, fall detection, and caregiver integration.
Medical Guardian is a trusted leader in the medical alert system industry. They offer several add-ons, so look through those before purchasing. To help prevent falls, we’d recommend adding fall detection ($10 per month) and voice-activated wall-mounted help buttons in the bathroom ($4.99 per month). Learn about other add-ons and our firsthand experience with Medical Guardian in our 2022 Medical Guardian review.
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Bay Alarm Medical’s GPS unit is available as a solo device or in a bundle with the in-home system. If your loved one is more of a homebody, it may make sense to bundle so that you get the best of both systems. Just be prepared for the $49.95 monthly cost for the bundle plus equipment costs. Read our review of Bay Alarm Medical to learn more about how they can help provide peace of mind to you and your loved one with dementia.
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Answer a few questions on Bay Alarm Medical's website to get a quote on the best product and plan for you. This process is slower than calling a representative.
LifeFone’s extensive equipment lineup and add-ons go above and beyond to care for older adults with dementia. We love that this company cares about family too. In fact, spouses can receive a pendant and monitoring for free with basic service.
MobileHelp’s large product lineup makes it easy to build a system that best meets your needs. You can enhance your system with add-ons like fall detection for $10 per month or a 24/7 telehealth platform for $9.95 per month. Just keep an eye on the cost as you pick accessories, because it can quickly add up. See what we thought about MobileHelp and some of its add-ons in our latest MobileHelp review.
Pro Tip: MobileHelp Connect, an online portal and phone app, has standard (free) and premium ($5 per month) features. Standard features include help button alert notifications, location detection, and a section to store important health info.
Aloe Care Health may be new to the medical alert system game, but this company really understands what older adults and their caregivers need. For families most concerned with falls, we recommend the Total Care Package. While a bit pricey at $49.99 per month, it does include both in-home fall detection and automatic fall detection in the bathroom. Learn more about our experience with this company by checking out our 2022 Aloe Care Health review.
FYI: U.S. military and all essential workers get one free month of service. To learn more, call Aloe Care Health.
A medical alert system is more than just a piece of technology; it offers assurance for loved ones and allows seniors to get help when they need it. Monitoring professionals can get in touch with emergency contacts or emergency responders, even if your loved one is unable to articulate what’s wrong or doesn’t know where they are.
Plus, with features like GPS and caregiver tracking apps, it’s easier than ever for families to keep an eye on their loved ones. You can make sure they don’t wander from the yard, stay in bed all day, or miss important medical appointments. This technology helps family members be better caregivers, even if they live across the country.
Having any medical alert system is better than not having one at all, but if your loved one has dementia, it’s important to prioritize a few key features to best meet their needs. Let’s take a look.
Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults.4 Seniors with dementia face an even higher risk of falling. Wearable fall detection devices sense the wearer’s position and send an alert to the monitoring company if they fall.
Some companies, including several on our list of the best medical alert systems for seniors, offer caregiver integration features. Caregivers download an app on their mobile device to receive alerts about their loved one’s location, activity, device battery level, and more. Companies like Aloe Care Health go even further: Their app lets caregivers communicate directly with their loved one’s medical alert system through a hub with a two-way speaker.
Find out if the company you’re considering uses monitoring professionals accustomed to working with older adults. Why does that matter? It ensures that they know to speak loudly and clearly and to take action if the caller is confused, unable to speak, or difficult to understand. You should also prioritize companies that keep user files in the monitoring center. That way, when an alert activates, the operator can see the caller’s medical information, including their dementia diagnosis.
Older adults with dementia may struggle to remember day-to-day tasks like charging a phone or medical alert system. Prioritize systems with a long battery life, like Medical Guardian’s Mobile 2.0 system, which has up to five days of battery life for on-the-go use.
Everyone forgets to take their meds from time to time, but for individuals with dementia, meds can be even more difficult to keep track of. Some medical alert systems, like MobileHelp and LifeFone, offer medication reminders to help your loved one better manage their medications.
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National Council on Aging. (2021). Get the Facts on Falls Prevention.