5 Best Medical Alert Apps

Dashia Starr
Updated Mar 29, 2021
3 min read

Medical alert apps give you extra control and peace of mind whether there’s an emergency or everything’s fine. Most medical alerts connect to an app to provide older adults and their caregivers more features and control. It’s the easiest way for caregivers to check their loved one’s activity, track their location and get instant alerts if there’s an emergency — straight from their smartphone. For older adults, medical alert apps are another easy way to call for help and let your loved ones know you’re safe and healthy. 

There are so many apps to choose from, so we narrowed down the top five based on features, services and ease of use to make medical safety easy. 

What to Look for in a Medical Alert App

Medical alert app features vary depending on the medical alert provider and equipment. As you shop for a medical alert, check to see if a mobile app is compatible with your equipment. Here’s what to keep in mind when looking at the best medical alert app for you:

  • Ease of use

    All medical alert apps should be easy to use. Make sure your medical alert app is suitable to your needs, including larger text, zoom or speech-enabled options. Most medical alert apps are ADA compliant.

  • Emergency alerts

    Some medical alerts will notify the monitoring center, while others will only alert preselected caregivers if you need help. Make sure you know how the app’s alerts work in case there’s an emergency.

  • Caregiver services

    Most medical alert apps include caregiver services and alerts to let your family members know if you’re safe or need help. Caregivers should ask about services, including instant emergency alerts, location tracking and messaging.

  • Features

    Every medical alert app’s features vary. Some have calendar events, voice commands and fire detection. Take a look at the app’s features first to ensure it provides everything you and your caregiver need for your safety.

  • Equipment

    Some medical alert app features require specific equipment to gain access. Before you buy a medical alert, make sure you have all of the equipment necessary to access specific features.

The 5 Best Medical Alert Apps

  • Medical Guardian

    Our take

    The Freedom Guardian app lets you send and receive text messages to your family and friends. You can also use the app as a daily planner to schedule doctor’s appointments or activities. Caregivers can receive alerts and track their loved one’s locations using the app. The Freedom Guardian App also keeps tabs on your medical alert’s battery life and wifi connection to make sure it’s working correctly.

    Stand-out features include

    • Instant alerts and location tracking for caregivers
    • Send and receive messages
    • Track emergency alert history
  • Life Alert

    Our take

    Life Alert’s mobile app includes four ways to call for help. You can use the yelling feature, flash a light, send a photo, or connect to Life Alert’s monitoring center by pressing “Emergency.” You’ll need to be a member and sign in to the app to use the one-press button for emergency assistance. Life Alert’s app also monitors home intrusion, fire protection and carbon monoxide detection. Life Alert also has caregiver services to let your loved ones know if you’re safe or need help. 

    Stand-out features include

    • Home intrusion, fire protection and carbon monoxide detection
    • Built-in flashlight to signal for help
    • Photo sharing
  • GreatCall

    Our take

    The GreatCall Link app lets you share your location with emergency responders and loved ones if you need help. You can also track appointments and all activities so that your loved ones know you’re safe. If there’s ever an emergency, your caregiver will receive an instant alert. GreatCall’s app also includes caregiver resources, articles and tips for healthy senior living.

    Stand-out features include

    • Location sharing with emergency responders and loved ones
    • Track home and on-the-go activity
    • Caregiver resources and articles
  • GetSafe

    Our take

    Caregivers will always know their loved one is safe with the GetSafe mobile app. Family members can track their loved one’s activities, location and area information, including the weather and their calendar events. The app also shows the medical alert’s battery life and activity log. 

    Stand-out features include

    • Weather tracking
    • Location sharing and tracking
    • Shows medical alert battery life
  • Aloe Care

    Our take

    Aloe Care has an award-winning app that gives older adults and caregivers peace of mind. Both provide location and emergency alerts with specific Aloe Care medical equipment. You’ll also be able to track medical emergencies and information, including falls, temperatures and air quality. If you ever need help, use the app to alert your caregiver or family member with a voice command. The app will also learn your activities to note any changes in behavior or daily patterns. 

    Stand-out features include

    • Voice commands to alert caregivers
    • Checks air quality and temperature
    • Learn’s activities and behaviors to help identify emergencies sooner

Factors to Consider Before Getting a Medical Alert App

If you or your caregiver think a medical alert app is a good idea, keep these considerations in mind:

  • Cost

    Some medical alerts charge for app features. It’s best to look for an app that’s free to use with your equipment.

  • Standalone app

    You may choose to start with a medical alert app instead of a complete medical alert system. Talk with your provider about the best option for you.

  • Features

    Think about the features that will help you feel safest. You may want fall detection, fire alerts or other features that may not be available

  • Privacy

    Make sure you and your family understand the medical alert app’s privacy terms and conditions. Understand how your data will be used, and reach out to the provider with any questions before downloading.

Additional Medical Alert Resources 

Home Security Writer

Dashia Starr

Dashia researches and writes on all things home automation and security. She focuses on the latest news, products, and providers to share only the best with you.

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