For older Americans who live at home, a medical alert system provides a critical lifeline. With the push of a button — or even automatically after a fall — these devices reach out to emergency services and get help fast. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best medical alert systems in Bakersfield so lifesaving assistance is never out of reach.
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How to choose a medical alert system in Bakersfield
About one-quarter of Bakersfield’s seniors live alone. The city is home to many independent-living communities where seniors age in place. Medical alert systems help these groups and others, like those with disabilities, get quick access to help in worst-case scenarios.
A medical alert system is a wearable device with a button the user can press during an emergency to speak with an operator or other contact.
When purchasing a medical alert system, there are two primary considerations. First is whether you want an at-home or mobile system (or both).
Type of system
Base station with speaker; landline or cellular connection
GPS tracking; cellular connection; works anywhere
Active individuals who go out alone
Another key choice is a monitored or unmonitored system. A monitored system has a 24/7 link to an emergency dispatcher; an unmonitored system dials family members or other contacts before calling emergency services.
Other options for medical alert systems in Bakersfield include:
Automatic fall detection
Landline or cellular network operation
GPS location tracking
Automatic notifications to family members
How much is a medical alert system in Bakersfield?
The cost of a medical alert system in Bakersfield depends on the type of device you buy. Monitored systems are more expensive than unmonitored ones and come with a monthly cost. Mobile devices are pricier than at-home units. Check with your insurance provider whether these systems are covered, and be sure to ask a medical alert system company about discounts.
Before purchasing, pay attention to any contract commitments and fees for activation or cancellation. Many companies offer risk-free trials with a money-back guarantee. Most medical alert systems in Bakersfield come with instructions for simple, do-it-yourself installation. If you have questions, customer service is available to help.
Medical Guardian provides reliable and affordable products to customers to help them continue to live independently. At-home and mobile systems come with simple setup and no equipment, activation or cancellation fees. Visit the website to take a free, two-minute questionnaire that matches you with the system fitting your lifestyle. Customers say they feel safe with Medical Guardian’s devices.
Available for about $1 per day, LifeFone has its own U.S.-based call center monitoring facilities. Their systems are compatible with landlines, cellular networks and GPS in Bakersfield. Devices are made for in-home and on-the-go. The fixed cost subscription can be canceled at any time for a prorated refund.
MobileHelp offers a full range of medical alert products, including a smartwatch with a battery lasting up to two days. Visit the MobileHelp website to take a free risk assessment and learn which system is the right fit, or call to speak to a personal consultant. The company has 24/7 emergency monitoring and no long-term contracts or hidden fees. According to reviews, MobileHelp values its customers and gives them confidence to live life fully.
Home and GPS-enabled mobile systems and automatic fall detection are all available from LifeStation. Customers get simple-to-use equipment and 24/7 monitoring and support. There’s no long-term commitment or worry about hidden fees. Call anytime to learn more and get started with LifeStation, which gets five-star reviews from customers for its fast response times and safety features.
Hundreds of thousands of customers trust MedicalAlert and its medical alert devices. At-home and on-the-go systems are available with free activation, no-cost equipment and zero long-term commitment. Get the best protection available by adding automatic fall detection, which provides assistance even when you can’t press your button. MedicalAlert offers a risk-free, 30-day money-back guarantee. Reviewers say they are satisfied and recommend the company to others.
Founded in 1974, Philips Lifeline has the largest subscriber base in the United States. Customizable programming is available for active seniors, homebound seniors and seniors with chronic conditions (called CareSage). CareSage uses predictive analytics so caregivers can take preventive action. In addition to at-home and on-the-go systems, Philips Lifeline offers medication dispensing tools, too.
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