Peace of Mind
Medical alert systems might seem antiquated in the digital age — after all, almost everyone has a cellphone that offers a direct line to 911. But if your phone is on the coffee table when you fall in the shower, or out of power when you suffer an exercise-related injury, it might as well be 1985. For many, medical alert systems provide peace of mind. The concept remains the same: A person in trouble pushes a device button and is instantly connected to a representative trained to evaluate the situation and notify the proper emergency responders. But the technology has come a long way. Modern medical alert systems can protect you in your car and elsewhere, thanks to GPS monitoring. Many offer add-on services, and some are even voice-enabled. The problem is, a whole heap of companies offer competing technologies and services that are too similar to tell apart. Here's a look at the most highly rated companies, all of which earn good marks from widely followed comparison and review sites, as well as individual users.