As of June 2020, only 16.5 percent of adults 65 and over reported that they mostly use landline phones, while 10.4 percent reported that they only have a landline.1 If you’re one of the many older adults that have ditched their landline connection in favor of a cellular option, you may be wondering if you can still use an in-home medical alert system. Well, good news: You can! In-home cellular medical alert systems keep you just as safe and independent as landline systems do.
Below, we’ve pared it down to the top five best cellular medical alert systems that don’t require a landline. Keep reading to get the details you need to select the right one for you.
Shopping for a medical alert system can quickly become overwhelming. We get it; there are so many options! We’ve done a lot of comparing to narrow it down for you. To select our top five cellular medical alert systems without a landline, we used a couple of metrics. To make our list, here’s what the systems had to offer customers:
If you’re looking for a reliable, inexpensive cellular medical alert system that doesn’t require a landline, Bay Alarm Medical is a great choice. It doesn’t offer a lot of high-tech features, but if you prefer to keep it simple anyway, that shouldn’t be a problem. The company’s 30-day risk-free trial makes it easy to test out the device to make sure it is right for you.
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When we tested out Medical Guardian’s systems, we found them easy to use and appreciated the friendly customer service. Medical Guardian is ideal for seniors who need a cellular medical alert system and want access to features that provide extra protection. Just make sure you live in an area with good AT&T coverage, because the cellular in-home system uses AT&T service. Some of Medical Guardian’s on-the-go systems use Verizon’s network, so you still have options.
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Older adults who want fall detection could save $5 to $10 per month by going with LifeFone over another provider. In addition to affordable fall detection, it offers valuable perks such as a price-lock guarantee and free spouse monitoring. In our review of LifeFone, we found that it offers discounts to veterans and AARP members, so take advantage of these if you qualify.
FYI: If none of these systems seem right for you, check out this year’s list of the best medical alert systems for a rundown on all the systems reviewed and recommended by our experts.
Unfortunately, QMedic doesn’t refund customers for unused service after their 30-day trial period, so make sure QMedic is the best fit for your needs first. Caregivers of seniors with mobility issues or dementia may benefit from the activity monitoring, but QMedic doesn’t offer fall detection. If your loved one has a history of falling, see our list of the best medical alert systems with fall detection.
Aloe Care Health’s equipment fee and monthly service fees are a bit higher than competitors’, but you’ll benefit from advanced features and technology that other providers simply don’t offer. For seniors who want a reliable cellular medical alert system with all the bells and whistles, an Aloe Care Health system checks that box. Learn more by reading our hands-on review of Aloe Care Health.
Still trying to decide between a landline and cellular in-home system? We’ll look at the advantages and drawbacks of a system without a landline below.
About 64 percent of U.S. adults over the age of 65 have a broadband connection in their home.3 Though the majority of older adults have an internet connection, it isn’t necessary to have one for an in-home or on-the-go cellular medical alert system. This is because a medical alert system without a landline uses cellular coverage (think Verizon or AT&T) to connect you to the emergency monitoring center when you need help. That’s why it’s important to make sure the medical alert provider has good cellular coverage in your area if you are without a landline.
A mobile system (sometimes called an on-the-go or GPS system) provides protection no matter where you are — whether you’re taking a stroll on the beach, hiking, or relaxing by the pool. An in-home system provides protection (you guessed it!) in the home. They both use cellular service to connect you to the monitoring center in an emergency, but an in-home system has a limited range — about 400 to 1,300 feet, depending on the system you purchase.
For homebodies without a landline, an in-home cellular system, like the ones we listed above, will work just fine. But if you’re someone who is active and wants your cellular medical alert system to be as mobile as you are, an on-the-go system is probably more your style. These systems are usually a bit more expensive than in-home systems, but the comprehensive protection they offer is worth the extra bucks, if you ask us. If you’re interested in a mobile system, check out our list of the best GPS medical alert systems.
Linda’s Acclaimed Career in Senior Care Linda Schlenker is a comforting voice for seniors and caregivers across the U.S. For nearly three decades, Linda has helped seniors remain safe in their own homes, while helping them to regain priceless independence and peace… Learn More About Linda Schlenker
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CDC. (2021). Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2020.
CDC. (2021). Injury Prevention & Control.
Pew Research. (2021). Internet/Broadband Fact Sheet.