You know the iconic tagline: "Help! I've fallen, and I can't get up!" Read about what Life Alert medical alert systems can do for you or your loved one.

What Sets Life Alert Apart?

Life Alert is one of the most well-known medical monitoring services on the market. The company created a name for itself with the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercial campaigns and decades later, its monitoring services save a life every 11 minutes (according to its website). Learn about its core packages, devices and pricing and how they provide 24/7 in-home emergency monitoring and assistance for people who want to stay as independent as possible in their golden years.


What we like

  • Devices are easy to use

  • Over 30 years of experience in the medical alerts sector

What we don’t like

  • Limited customization and capabilities

  • Hard-to-find price information

  • No online ordering

  • Three-year contract


Starting at $49.95/mo

Our take

For a basic Life Alert in-home system, start with their signature main unit and a wearable emergency pendant.  The main unit has two-way communication for talking to Life Alert representatives, and it’s available with either a cellular or landline connection (you choose). In the event of a power outage, it has a back-up battery so you can still call for help for up to 72 hours. The emergency pendant is waterproof, has an 800 foot range with a battery that lasts up to 7 years. It can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet. Monitoring fees start at $49.95 per month and activation fees apply.

Package Features

  • 24/7 monitoring
  • Signature main unit with two-way communication
  • Wearable help button pendant

Life Alert Equipment and Features

Shower Help Button

Mobile Pendant

Main Unit

Shower Help Button

The bathroom presents a slippery situation for anyone with limited mobility or frailty concerns. Life Alert offers a handy waterproof help button that can be mounted on the wall, secured to a bathroom countertop, or places anywhere else you’d like to call for help at a moment’s notice. Add this help button to your basic in-home package (main unit and help button pendant) for an additional fee.

Mobile Pendant

For many people, maintaining their independence in their golden years means traveling and/or maintaining their driving privileges. If you’re more active and travel on a weekly basis, the Life Alert Mobile Pendant with GPS will provide you with protection while on the go. The Mobile Pendant has batteries that do not need to be charged and will last up to 10 years. It’s also designed with GPS capability, which is helpful in the event of an emergency while you’re away from home. Once you press the help button, an emergency responder will be able to determine your location and provide help.

Main Unit

The Alert Main Unit connects to either a landline or cellular connection for 24/7 monitoring, and has a 72-hour backup battery in the event you lose power. The main unit is designed to work with the emergency pendant.

Life Alert Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a smartphone to use Life Alert?

No, a smartphone isn’t required to use Life Alert. Simply use each system’s devices to get assistance for emergencies. Each one has its own wireless or landline connection to communicate with the monitoring center.

Does Life Alert require a long-term contract?

Yes. Life Alert requires a three-year contract. You may cancel the contract without a fee if the user passes away or is transferred to a live-in care facility. You will need to provide documentation.

Where can I get more Life Alert pricing information?

At the time of this writing, Life Alert does not share their prices online. To learn more about pricing, equipment and packages, you need to call into their sales center at 1-800-360-0329. Based on our experience with the sales center, an activation fee is required and it will depend on the equipment you choose. Monitoring fees start at $49.95/month and increase with the size of your system.

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