Medically reviewed by Jenny Sanford,  MSN, APRN, AGNP-C and Caregiving Coach

What Are the Best Alternatives to Life Alert?

When discussing medical alert systems, one of the first things people think of is the catchphrase, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”, coined by the market leader Life Alert. In fact, you could say that Life Alert was the first to really bring medical alert systems to the forefront, and it has been dominating medical alert advertising ever since, especially commercials airing on daytime television. For this reason, it comes as no surprise that many people lump all medical alert systems under the title “Life Alert” and are unaware of the many medical alert system alternatives on the market today.

As a pioneer in the market of personal emergency response systems, Life Alert handles more than 2 million calls per year. In 2020, 40,095 people were saved from a catastrophic event by utilizing Life Alert. A company like Life Alert offers clear benefits to older adults and those at increased risk of medical emergencies. However, it’s crucial to evaluate your options and choose a system that best aligns with your lifestyle and medical needs. When it comes down to it, only you can decide which medical alert system is right for you.

While this article focuses on reasons you might choose a medical alert system other than Life Alert, there are some pros to choosing this medical alert company.

Aloe Care Health vs. Life Alert

Aloe Care Health Life Alert
In-Home System $29.99/month* $49.95/month
Mobile System Mobile Companion available at $24.99/month $89.95/month
Equipment Fee One-time at-home hardware cost: $149.99 One-time mobile hardware cost: $99.99 None
Activation Fee None $95-$198
Contract None 3-year minimum requirement
Automatic Fall Detection Included in some plans No
GPS Yes Yes

*Pricing for Aloe Care Health is based on the Essentials package, which is the company’s most affordable option. 

Jenny is an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in NYC with a passion for working with aging adults and their family members. Prior to her clinical training at Vanderbilt School of Nursing, she worked in business and medical research at Harvard Business School and Massachusetts General Hospital. As a Caregiving Coach at Givers, Jenny helps family members manage the financial, emotional, and educational stresses of caring for their loved ones who are aging in place.

”As a geriatric provider, it brings me great joy to empower older adults and caregivers by connecting them with resources that improve health outcomes and increase quality of life.”