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Medical Guardian vs. Bay Alarm Medical: Pros and Cons to Compare

Last Updated: January 27, 2022

Whether you live in a large house or cozy apartment, home is a cherished place. As we age, our ability to remain in our own homes may be challenged by health issues, fear of falls, or isolation. The best medical alert systems on the market today enable seniors, as well as people of all ages with health conditions, to remain in the homes they love for longer.

Medical alert systems provide two-way communication and help at the push of a button. In this review, we’ll compare the products of two established medical alert companies—Medical Guardian versus Bay Alarm Medical. Both companies offer at-home and on-the-go options that can keep you or a loved one safer. Each is highly rated, but there are key differences between them which may make one a better fit for you.

Classic Guardian

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  • The Classic is a landline-connected medical alert system. If you live in an area with poor cellular service, this may be a good choice for you
  • This at-home system provides 1,300 feet (approximately three football fields) of coverage
  • No equipment fee
  • Monthly cost is $29.95
  • This system has 4G LTE and WiFi connectivity. Medical Guardian calls this it’s fastest system
  • If you live in a large house or have lots of acreage, this may be a good choice for you. The Home 2.0’s reach is 1,400 feet (approximately four football fields)
  • This system also offers the option of adding additional wall buttons for $2.99 a month each
  • Upfront equipment fee is $124.95
  • Monthly cost is $34.95

Mobile 2.0

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  • This wearable medical alert system uses a small, lightweight base that can sync to a necklace or wristband
    The battery lasts for up to five days
  • Location monitoring is done via GPS, LTE and WiFi
  • Upfront equipment fee is $124.95
  • Monthly cost is $39.95

Active Guardian

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  • This mobile system has a wearable, lightweight base
  • You can wear the base device around your neck or clip it to clothing
  • You can also add a free neck pendant or wrist help button
  • It has seven-day battery life
  • Location monitoring is powered by GPS, LTE and WiFi
  • Fall detection can be added for an additional $10 monthly
  • No equipment fee
  • Monthly cost is $44.95

Mini Guardian

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  • This small, wearable device has a five-day battery life
  • It is available in black, white, or silver
  • Location monitoring is powered by WiFi and GPS
  • Fall detection is optional, and can be added for an additional $10 monthly
  • Equipment fee is $124.95
  • Monthly cost is $39.95

In-Home Medical Alert System

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  • This at-home system can be connected via a landline or 4G LTE cellular service
  • You don’t need to have an existing cellular account to choose cellular service. All your billing is done directly through Bay Alarm Medical
  • This system comes with a home base unit, four wall buttons (included only with the In-Home Premium plan), and a personal help button that can be worn on a necklace or wristband
  • No upfront equipment fee
  • Landline is $19.95 monthly, cellular is $29.95 monthly

On the Go GPS Help Button

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  • This mobile system provides automatic fall protection at $10 monthly
  • It is powered by 4G LTE wireless plus location tracking
  • It also includes caregiver tracking
  • Equipment fee is $99
  • Monthly fee is $29.95

On the Go SOS Smartwatch

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  • This sleek-looking watch may be a good choice for anyone on the go who doesn’t want to wear an obvious-looking medical alert device
  • It’s powered by 4G LTE wireless plus location tracking
  • It includes a step tracker and is a great option for more active individuals
  • Equipment fee is $179
  • Monthly fee is $29.95

Bundle Packages

In-home + GPS button

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In-home + SOS Smartwatch

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If you want to combine in-home protection with on-the-go coverage, two options are available:

  • In-home plus GPS button: $99 equipment fee plus $39.95 monthly for landline, $49.95 for cellular
  • In-home plus SOS Smartwatch: $179 equipment fee plus $39.95 monthly for landline, $49.95 for cellular
Resources

Avant Jones, Medical Guardian chat operator. Online chat. December 8, 2021.
Facts about falls. (2021). https://www.cdc.gov/falls/facts.html
Kelly, Bay Alarm support agent. Online chat. December 9, 2021.
Vision impairment and older adult falls. (2021). https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/resources/features/vision-loss-falls.html

Author: Corey Whelan