Top Ten FAQs – GPS Medical Alert Systems

Q1: What are the advantages of a GPS Medical Life Alert System?A: GPS Life Alert Systems or “mobilehelp buttons” are great for seniors that are frequently away from the home and want added protection while out and about. Read our Life Alert reviews.


Q2: What are the disadvantages of a GPS Medical Life Alert System?

A: GPS Life Alert Systems function best while in-motion. If left stationary for too long, location tracking will be inaccurate. If you need something strictly for inside the home, we recommend a more reliable and less expensive in-home medical alert system.


Q3: How do I determine if a GPS alert device is right for me?

A: GPS systems are great for anyone, not just seniors. They’re great for active seniors, anyone that enjoys the outdoors (hiking, skiing, bicycling), students living on or off campus, or if you’re a parent and want your children to have a way to get help or a way to be tracked.


Q4: How accurate are GPS medical alerts?

A: From our testing, GPS alerts are accurate up to an area of around 400 ft. So if you activate the device and call for help, operators will be able to provide emergency personnel to close proximity of your location. So, keep in mind that if you’re located in a multi-unit complex like a condo or an apartment, operators won’t be able to pinpoint your exact unit number. In this case, it’s extremely important to have your locations on file.


Q5: How often do I have to charge the battery?

A: We recommend charging your GPS device at least once every 2 days. While the device is charging, it’s good to have an in-home system as backup. Most providers offer bundle packages for both in-home and mobile use.


Q6: Are GPS systems waterproof? Can I shower with it?

A: Most GPS systems are water-resistant. They should be safe in the shower.


Q7: What are the cheapest GPS systems on the market?

A: Click to see our GPS Life Alert comparison chart.


Q8: I want a GPS device but there isn’t enough cellular coverage in my area. What should I do?

A: It’s very important to choose a provider that has the solid coverage. If you live in a rural area and can’t find a strong enough signal, it’s recommended that you install a landline and choose an in-home medical alert system instead.


Q9: Why is a GPS medical alert better than a cell phone / smartphone?

A: The main advantages to having a GPS medical alert system over a cell phone is ease of use and being connected to a dedicated 24/7 emergency response center. In an emergency, the last thing you want to do is to unlock a phone, open an app, and have to dial numbers to get help. With a GPS medical alert device, all you need to do is push a button and help is on the way. Additionally, having a 24/7 call center with your personal contacts and location profiles are extremely helpful during an emergency as 911 won’t have this information on hand.


Q10: The GPS system is big and isn’t comfortable to wear when I’m sleeping. What other options do I have?

A: We recommend bundling your GPS mobile help button with an in-home medical alert system.

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