Many seniors live on a fixed income. As a result, they are usually looking for a good deal on whatever they purchase, including medical alert systems. For this reason, the most affordable medical alert system will no doubt seem like the best. However, since seniors are more at risk for health emergencies and falls, a good medical alert system can be lifesaving, and that is priceless.

Most people are still looking for something reasonably affordable, and that can depend on several things. A majority of alert systems have a monthly fee for their services, the specific amount of which depends on what services are included with the system. Add-on features can increase the monthly fee, or they can be a one-time charge. Whether the medical alert works only at home or can be used outside of it is a big factor in pricing as well.

Anyone looking for the most affordable medical alert system will be trying to make sure that their monthly bill is straightforward, with no hidden fees creeping in. Here’s how affordable some of the best medical alert systems are.

Lively, formerly known as GreatCall Lively Mobile, specializes in cell phones and mobile devices that can be used as medical alert systems. Unlike many of the other companies on the market today, Lively does not have any at-home devices at all. Instead, all of its systems are designed to be used on the go.

Lively offers two different medical alert systems. The Lively Mobile Plus is a button that functions as a two-way speaker and can be worn as a pendant or on a belt clip. The Lively Wearable2 is a smartwatch that connects to the Lively app on any smartphone. Lively also offers cell phones that are specifically designed for seniors and those who have limited mobility in their hands. When you purchase one of these phones, you’re given the opportunity to enroll in one of the company’s medical alert system plans. A smartphone option is available, as well as a traditional flip phone.

The Lively Mobile Plus is $49.99 to purchase plus a $35 activation fee. The Lively Wearable2 is also $49.99 to purchase plus a $35 activation fee. Both can be enrolled in any of the three available packages. The Basic package is $24.99 a month and only covers alert notifications. The Preferred package is $29.99 a month and includes alerts, the Lively Link app, and a feature where you or your loved one may ask a doctor or nurse health questions at any time. The Ultimate package is $39.99 a month and contains everything in the Preferred package, as well as automatic fall detection.

Lively is running a promotion for its cell phone systems as of writing. The Jitterbug Smart3 is normally $149.99, it’s discounted at $112.49. The Jitterbug Flip2 can be bought for $79.99 right now (normally $99.99). The cell phone plan you choose can range from $14.99-$49.99 monthly. The Basic package for both is $19.99 monthly, the Preferred is $24.99 monthly, and the Ultimate package is $34.99 monthly.

See our full Lively Medical Alert System Review.