2017’s Best In-Home Medical
Alert Providers

An in-home medical alert system is an emergency communication system that works exclusively inside your home.
2017’s Best Mobile GPS
ALERT Providers

A mobile GPS alert system is meant for the active senior or user that’s frequently out and away from home.
2017’s Best Automatic
Fall Detection Providers

Automatic fall detection technology calls for help without the need for the user to push their help button.

Mobile GPS Medical Alert Systems / Medical Alert Reviews

Mobile GPS Medical Alert Systems / Medical Alert ReviewsUpdated 11/28/2016

More and more seniors are now out and about than ever before. 70 is the new 60 and 60 is the new 50. With people much more healthier and living longer, it’s no surprise that the days of being home-ridden are disappearing

Seniors are now enjoying their golden years more actively than they did a decade ago and the demand for a mobile GPS alert button has significantly grown over the years.

Below, we’ve listed the factors that we use to rank GPS alert systems so you can make an informed choice.


  1. Buying Experience

Buying Experience, Mobile GPS Medical Alert Systems, Medical Alert ReviewsEvery single one of our medical alert system reviews starts with the buying experience, and GPS alert systems are no different. As we mentioned in our In-Home Life Alert Buyer’s Guide, be cautious when talking to the sales staff and never accept heavy-handed sales tactics.

InHomeSafetyGuide Top Tip!

Keep in mind that although a GPS device can be used in the home, all GPS systems, whether it’s a medical alert, car navigation system, or smartphone, loses their effectiveness when left stationary. GPS works best when constantly in motion (e.g., traveling in car), so if all you need is an in-home system (e.g., inside or around the home only), don’t let a sales rep try to up-sell you on something you may not need.

Top 3 things to look for:

  • GPS systems are designed to be used outside the home. Be cautious if a sales rep tells you otherwise
  • Look for a sales rep that asks you questions about your lifestyle (e.g., how active are you, do you venture out of your home often, hobbies like hiking, golfing, etc). Quetions like these show they’re actually interested in selling you something that you actually need.
  • Overall friendliness of staff

  1. Equipment

Equipment, Mobile GPS Medical Alert Systems, Medical Alert ReviewsMobile GPS systems greatly differ from in-home systems because a lot of technology needs to be stuffed into a lightweight, compact, mobile package.

Like most electronic devices, there’s a balance between size and efficiency. Generally speaking, the more sleek and compact the device, the less amount of battery life and features it may have. Our top two GPS providers illustrate this perfectly. GreatCall Lively (formerly GreatCall Splash) is arguably one of the best designed, sleek and low-profile device on the market while Bay Alarm Medical, although not as attractive, has the best battery life.

A lot of GPS medical alert systems now have automatic fall detection built in the system. In theory, this is great, but we recommend using your trial period to test accuracy. Also, while more features and technology is good, it’s you’re typically sacrificing a lower battery life.

Lastly, keep in mind that most devices are water-resistant and not truly waterproof. Anytime a device has a 2-way microphone built into the system, it’s rarely ever waterproof. It’s worth noting that the GreatCall Splash claims to be 100% waterproof.

Top 3 things to look for:

  • Go with a company that has a good trial period, so you can adequately test the system. At least 14 days from the day the unit arrives to your doorstep is a reasonable period to test
  • Size of device, battery life and water resistance
  • Accessories that come with the system (carrying cases, lanyards, chargers, etc.)

  1. Pricing and Value

Pricing and Value, Mobile GPS Medical Alert Systems, Medical Alert ReviewsAny medical alert with GPS will always be a lot more expensive than in-home only systems. There are a few reasons for this and we’ll go through them below.

  • Carrier Costs: Similar to a cell phone, mobile GPS medical alert devices need a sim card to be functional and it’s also the reason why the monthly bill is usually higher than a traditional in-home unit. A large portion of the monthly subscription for a GPS system goes directly to AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile.
  • Technology: As mentioned above in our Equipment section, manufacturers like GreatCall go out of their way to design an extremely compact, tech-filled device that users will like. It’s not cheap to include technological features like GPS, fall detection, 2-way communication, and Bluetooth all stuffed inside a small, user-friendly device.
  • Monitoring: A recurring theme at InHomeSafetyGuide is the importance of having 24/7 monitoring and if you opt for a GPS device, monitoring will also be a little more expensive as the call center require backend systems to ensure they’re able to track your location if you push the emergency button on the device.
  • Buying vs. Leasing: Some companies require you to purchase your device while others prefer that you lease the equipment. For the most part, your monthly payment decreases when you buy the device upfront.

Basic GPS medical alert plans can be quite affordable, but prices can vary depending on the type of equipment and services that you choose to add to your plan. Expect to pay somewhere between $25-$49 per month.

Top 3 things to look for:

  • Buying vs. leasing
  • Length of risk free trial
  • No hidden fees or contracts

  1. Monitoring / Cellular Service

Monitoring / Cellular Service, Mobile GPS Medical Alert Systems, Medical Alert ReviewsYour equipment is only as good as the service behind it. If you can’t get the quality support and help when you need it most, the most technologically advanced, latest and greatest device won’t mean anything.

The main thing to look for is if the service will even work in your area. Just like a cell phone, depending on the carrier, some devices will work better than others. Make sure you look at AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile’s coverage maps to verify the GPS device will work in your area.

You need to also assess the quality of the 24/7 emergency responders. They should be highly trained and offer a variety of services. They should know exactly when it’s necessary to call an ambulance, and they should be willing to call neighbors, friends, or family members.

InHomeSafetyGuide Top Tip!

The reason you’re buying a GPS alert system is to get help when you’re away from the home. If there’s a place you travel to often (e.g., grocery store, gym, friend’s house, etc.), test the device’s accuracy by placing a test call and asking the responder to tell you where they believe you’re currently located.

Top 3 things to look for:

  • Cellular coverage
  • Quality of 24/7 emergency responders
  • Accuracy of GPS signal

  1. Reviews

Mobile GPS Medical Alert Systems, Medical Alert ReviewsAlthough the other items on this checklist above will give you a good idea of the quality you can expect from each system, there really is nothing like hearing experiences from real people. When we review each GPS alert system, we take into consideration what other users have had to say about their service.

In order to ensure that the reviews are accurate and honest, we only check reputable websites, such as the Better Business Bureau.

As the market changes, more and more services and equipment will be available to GPS alert system users. In order to keep up, the factors we consider and their importance may be modified in the future, depending on how providers change their plans, equipment, and service offerings.

Top 3 things to look for:

  • Amount of negative complaints
  • An unnatural amount of positive testimonials
  • Overall transparency of provider

In addition to the above tips, we’ve researched the best medical alert system providers in the nation and have organized them based on equipment type (in-home, gps, fall detection).

2017’s Best In-Home Medical
Alert Providers

An in-home medical alert system is an emergency communication system that works exclusively inside your home.
2017’s Best Mobile GPS
Alert Providers

A mobile GPS alert system is an emergency communication system that works in or outside the home.
2017’s Best Automatic
Fall Detection Providers

Automatic fall detection is technology that detects when a fall occurs and is included in an in-home medical alert system or a mobile GPS alert system.

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.

 

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. Companies like Bay Alarm Medical 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.