Best Mobile Medical Alert Pendants

Medical alert systems come in many forms; the leading companies all provide a number of wearable and in-home options to suit the needs of different lifestyles. Here, we’ve put together a list of the best mobile medical alert pendants and necklaces that can be used at home or on the go.
Updated Apr 5, 2021
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Top 3 Mobile Medical Alert Pendants


The Best Features to Look for When Buying a Medical Alert System Pendant

  • Cellular Connectivity

    Cellular connectivity means that you don’t need to be connected to a landline phone for your medical alert system to work. Portable devices with cellular connectivity will work wherever cell towers can reach — inside or outside the home. If your cellphone has bars while you’re there, the medical device will, too. Plus, the connectivity fee is included with the cost of the medical alert service, so you don’t need to pay an additional bill.

  • GPS Location Tracking

    For seniors who are still active or leave home frequently, this technology provides both them and their loved ones with peace of mind that if an emergency arises, help will find them quickly. Some devices incorporate more than one type of location tracking in case the user is somewhere where GPS signals can’t reach, such as inside a large building.

  • Automatic Fall Detection

    Falls are a worst-case scenario, but they happen. Sometimes when someone falls, they aren’t responsive or are left in a position that prevents them from pressing their medical alert system help button. Automatic fall detection is exactly what it sounds like. It detects a fall, removing the user’s need  to press the help button to contact the necessary aid. Instead, a signal will automatically be sent to the monitoring center, and the monitors will send help if there’s no response.

  • Long Battery Life

    As we get older, it can be hard to always remember the little things. Charging technology can sometimes be one of those things. Medical alert systems can be life-saving for their users, but not if their battery charge is completely gone. When searching for a medical alert system, it’s important to keep in mind that the system’s user may not remember to charge it every day. You’re putting the user in a safer position if you choose an alert system that can go for longer periods without needing a charge.

  • Best All-in-One Medical Alert Pendant

    Philips Lifeline GoSafe 2

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    The latest pendant from Philips Lifeline, the GoSafe 2, offers all of the features of a complete medical alert system in one single necklace. It has automatic fall detection, called AutoAlert, that uses sensors to tell if a fall has occurred and calls for help — even if the button isn’t pressed. Two-way voice communication connects you to the emergency monitoring center, and five different kinds of location technology help ensure that assistance can always find you. It has cellular connectivity, so you don’t need a landline, and it will work anywhere that cell phone signal can reach. 

    The GoSafe 2 is compatible with the Philips Cares mobile app, which lets caretakers see device notifications and share notes and information to keep the whole family informed. The device also allows a personalized response plan for alerting designated emergency contacts. The only downside is that it’s pricier than others, with a one-time device fee of $100 and a $50 per month professional monitoring fee. On the plus side, Philips Lifeline offers month-to-month subscription plans so you don’t have to worry about getting roped into a long-term contract.


    Stand-out features include

    • All-in-one wearable medical alert system
    • 30-day no-questions-asked return policy
    • No long-term contract required
    • Pendant is 3 inches tall and weighs less than 2 ounces
    • Battery lasts two to three days between charges
    • Waterproof
  • Best Overall Medical Alert Provider

    Medical Guardian Active Guardian Mobile Button

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    Medical Guardian is our top pick for medical alert providers because of the flexibility of their packages, reliability of their service, and usability of their equipment. Their mobile device is no exception. This handy all-in-one system includes two-way communication, cellular connectivity, optional fall detection, GPS and wifi location tracking, and it can be used indoors or outdoors. It also comes with a lanyard for easy wearing.

    Medical Guardian’s mobile device is part of the Active Guardian package. There is no upfront fee for the device, and monthly subscription fees start at $39.95. However, automatic fall detection will cost an additional $10 per month.

    Stand-out features include

    • All-in-one mobile medical alert system
    • No long-term fees required
    • Option to add additional equipment as desired
    • Weighs 2 ounces
    • Up to five days of battery life between charges
    • Waterproof
  • Best Overall Support

    Bay Alarm Medical 4G LTE Mobile Button

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    Bay Alarm’s Mobile Button has many features to suit an on-the-go lifestyle. This small device can be worn on a lanyard as a necklace or placed in your pocket. It features two-way communication, cellular connectivity and GPS location tracking to send help on the way at the touch of a button.

    For an added charge, caregivers can follow along with your movements on the Bay Alarm mobile app. The Mobile Button gets 72 hours of battery life from a single charge and it’s available as part of Bay Alarm Medical’s On the Go package, which starts at $40 per month. Automatic fall detection can be added for an additional $10 per month.

    Stand-out features include

    • No long-term contract required
    • Free monitoring for a spouse
    • Option for loved ones to use the Bay Alarm mobile app
    • Supported in 170 languages
    • Up to 72 hours of battery life
    • Waterproof
  • MobileHelp Mobile Device

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    MobileHelp offers a cellular device that keeps you connected inside and outside the home. The MobileHelp mobile device is better sized for a pocket or purse, but you can use it with a wearable pendant to page the monitoring center at any time.

    MobileHelp’s mobile button is available in its Mobile Help Solo and Mobile Help Duo packages, which start at $38 per month. No upfront device fee is required. Discounts are available for quarterly, semi-annual, or annual contracts. 

    Note: MobileHelp offers automatic fall detection via its Fall Button for an additional $10 per month. MobileHelp’s base station is not waterproof, but the auto fall alert pendant is.

    Stand-out features include

    • 30-day risk-free return policy
    • No long-term contract required
    • Over 24-hour battery life
    • Fall detection option
    • Easy remote activation
  • ADT Health Mobile Base Unit

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    Designed for the mobile, independent user, ADT Health’s mobile unit is part of its On-The-Go Package, an all-in-one option for anyone who is active outside of the home. With this package, a pocket-sized wireless device replaces both the in-home communicator and the wearable pendant, though you can add a pendant or wristband. The mobile device has two-way communication, so you can contact the ADT monitoring center whenever you need to, wherever you are.

    The On-The-Go medical alert system has built-in GPS location tracking, which helps first responders find and assist you as quickly as possible. There is no upfront fee for equipment, and monitoring starts at $38 per month. You can also add on fall detection capabilities for an additional cost of $10 per month.

    Stand-out features include

    • All-in-one portable medical alert system
    • Fall detection option
    • Cellular connectivity
    • GPS location tracking
    • Multiple pendants available

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