Medical Alert - Emergency Phones
& Dialer Comparison
Jitterbug OneTouch Cell Phone,
Guardian Alert 911, Telemergency
An ideal mobile emergency alert device for those who are on the move
often, the Jitterbug OneTouch Cell Phone has no contract monthly plans
starting at $10 per month. Besides being an easy-to-use one
touch emergency alert device, the Jitterbug OneTouch also works as a
standard cell phone. Phone numbers can be pre-set with your
service like "friend", "daughter", "home", "work" or "doctor" or you
can one-touch the operator who can dial any phone number for you.
Perfect for seniors that live alone or spend ample amounts of time by
themselves, because they allow the user to make calls without
requiring assistance. When a person keeps an elderly cell phone on
them at all times, they can call 911 if they hurt themselves falling
and cannot reach another phone by pushing one simple button. Since
many medical conditions require immediate assistance, big button cell
phones like the Jitterbug make it easier than ever to call 911 without
having to walk all over the house to get to the phone. The OneTouch
can be used as an emergency cell phone. This is great for anyone
who doesn't want to be tied down to a cellular contract, but still
wants something to keep in their vehicle if they ever need assistance.
Emergency cellular services are perfect to quickly call towing
services, or a friend in the area that can help.
If the user plans on talking more frequently, the
Jitterbug Dial with large numeric keys may be a more appropriate
For fixed-telephone line medical alert alarms that don't
require a monthly fee, the Guardian Alert 911 and the Telemergency Pro are ideal solutions. If you have an elderly loved one
or even a loved one who lives alone (maybe a Diabetic),
you're probably familiar with one of the many medical alarm monitoring services that charge a monthly service fee. There are now
alternatives to those costly services that will perform a similar
function for those who are often alone and may require emergency
assistance. The Telemergency Pro from Telemergency and the
Guardian Alert 911 from LogicMark are two emergency phone dialers
that we compare with the medical alert/alarm services.
The basic concept behind the Medical Alert/Alarm-type monitoring services is quite simple.
Most monitoring services have a phone-dialer "base" (about the size of
a phone base) which is plugged in and installed near the user's phone
line plug. An "emergency button" wireless pendant is then kept
close to (if not on) the user at all times. Often, the pendant
is water resistant for use in a shower. When the user hits the
emergency button on the pendant, the phone-dialer "base" dials the
alarm monitoring service call center. The monitoring service
representative "calls out" to the user (as long as the user can hear
and be heard from the distance to the base) and then begins to call
the sequence of friends, neighbors, relatives and then eventually 911
if no one else is reached. The calls are made in accordance with
how the user (or user's relative) set up the monitoring service.
This service typically costs approximately $30 per month (depending on
the service in your area) and the base phone dialer and pendant are
often subsidized as long as you sign a contract.
The Telemergency Pro and Guardian Alert 911
emergency phone dialers also serve as medical alert alarms except that
they are used to dial directly to friends, neigbors, relatives and
911 directly. Much like the Medical Alert/Alarm-type services,
the Telemergency has a wireless pendant that can be worn around your
neck, around your wrist or just kept nearby. When the emergency
pendant is pressed, the Telemergency begins it's sequence of calls
with a pre-recorded message to neighbors, friends, relatives and
potentially 911 (though the communication to 911 is from a preset
recording on the Telemergency and not 2-way communication). Both
devices are easy to install and fit between the phone outlet and your
We believe the Guardian Alert 911
is an improvement to the Telemergency for most users and that it can
save significant money over using a Medical Alarm/Alert-type monitoring
service. The Guardian Alert 911 is unique in that the "pendant"
is actually a tiny "wireless phone" where the user hits the emergency
button the pendant and then the user can begin communicating directly
with the 911 service directly through the pendant. This allows
the user to be clearly heard in an emergency and it allows them to
save time by speaking directly to 911 in an emergency situation where
the user may need immediate emergency medical assistance. The
small negative to this device is that the pendant (which acts like a
tiny wearable emergency phone) is a bit larger than other emergency
pendants. Some will also argue that they don't want the user to
speak directly to 911 because it might not be an emergency. We
believe that this is an oxymoron since these devices/services were
intended for emergency use and not for situations like "Help me, I can't
reach the volume to the TV". We also believe that it's important
to be directly in communication with 911 during an emergency
situation. Crying wolf shouldn't be a concern when a loved one
is involved. The Guardian Alert 911 is a great Medical Alert/Alarm alternative.
Guardian Alert 911
Talk directly to a 911 emergency operator at the
push of a button. DesignTech's Guardian Alert 911™ requires no monthly
subscription or service fee. Guardian Alert 911 works just like a
cordless phone on any standard phone line with 911 service and tone
dialing. Guardian Alert 911 can be comfortably worn around the neck,
clipped on a belt, or carried in a pocket at all times. Great for
babysitters, woodworkers, diabetics, singles and senior citizens. The
Battery Backup should be considered for this device so that it will
operate during a power outage. No monthly fees.
Guardian Alert 911
The Telemergency PRO 700 emergency alert device
sends a pre-recorded emergency message and instructions with a press
of a button. Finally an affordable emergency alert device that
could save your life. Just having it lets you and your loved ones feel
secure. No monthly fees. No daily worries. Allows you to have
personalized messages for 3 different kinds of emergencies. Great
emergency device for Diabetics.
Useful devices that should be considered for
the hearing impaired:
TV Ears - the ultimate
listening system that amplifies and clarifies television
- Expandable Amplified Cordless Phone with Answering Machine
- One of the loudest available amplified phones
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