Apple Watch Medical Alert
What Is an Apple Watch?
The Apple Watch was released in 2015 and is a smartwatch that was developed by Apple Inc. The Apple Watch was designed to be a fitness tracker; however, it also has health-oriented capabilities. Additionally, it works with iOS and other Apple products and services. The Apple Watch uses a wireless signal to communicate with any iPhone to perform most of its functions. Therefore, since it uses a cellular signal, it will work anywhere a Wi-Fi network is available.
Apple continues to develop and release a new Apple Watch series every year to date with the oldest generations being discontinued as the newer ones are put on the market.
Can the Apple Watch Be Used as a Medical Alert Device?
In short—yes, the Apple Watch can be used as a medical alert device.
The Apple Watch can be used two different ways as a medical alert device.
Emergency SOS Call
You can make an emergency SOS call with your Apple Watch. This function automatically calls 911. Then, after the SOS call is finished, the Apple Watch sends a text alert with your current location to your emergency contacts, if you don't cancel the alert first.
FallCall Lite Medical Alert App
You can also use your Apple Watch with a free app called FallCall Lite. We will cover this app in more detail in a moment.
The main difference between these two medical alert functions is the Emergency SOS calls 911 directly and the app contacts a monitoring center.
Another important feature you should be aware of before you make a purchase is that the Apple Watch Series 4 has an automatic hard fall detection feature (if you are immobile for about a minute) that will contact emergency services. This feature also has the option of allowing you to cancel the alert after a fall if you so choose.
Apple Watch Medical Alert Apps
The Apple Watch medical alert app is great! This free app provides up to five caregivers with Elder GPS location, heart rate information, battery status, pairing, and central monitoring subscription status updates. Additionally, it has a fall detection feature and you can communicate with it using the Siri voice assistant, which is helpful if someone can't or is unable to reach the button.
The Apple Watch medical alert app, FallCall Lite, is continually evolving and has more smart fall detection features coming soon. So stay tuned for that.
The Disadvantages of Using an Apple Watch as a Medical Alert Device
The Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches on the market; therefore, there are very few disadvantages of using it as a medical alert device. However, if you want to use the Apple Watch as a medical alert device, you have to have an Apple (iOS) smartphone to be able to fully use it. And, you have to be in an AT&T cellular service area to get monitoring.
Additionally, it is a bit expensive, so if you are not active or constantly on-the-go, another medical alert watch or device might be a better option. And, the Apple Watch comes with a wide variety of features you might never need or use, so again, look it over before making a purchase to see if that's the case for you, and if it is, then you might be better served with a different type of medical alert watch or alternative medical alert device.
If you conclude the Apple Watch might not be for you, here are the top three alternatives to purchasing an Apple Watch to use as a medical alert device.
The Top 3 Alternatives to Apple Watch
Here are our top three picks for alternatives to the Apple Watch and their similarities when being used as a medical alert device.
1. MobileHelp Smart
The MobileHelp Smart is a stylish alternative to traditional medical alert devices. It looks just like a wristwatch that has discreet medical alert system features within. The MobileHelp Smart is our top pick as an alternative to the Apple Watch medical alert.
The MobileHelp Smart is waterproof and comes with a two-way speaker and a free MobileHelp Alert app. Additionally, it is equipped with GPS and has a 4G cellular connection, so it can easily detect your precise location.
2. Freedom Guardian
The Freedom Guardian also looks and wears like a watch, has an analog watch face, and loads of features. Freedom Guardian has GPS and Wi-Fi tracking, calendar and reminder alerts, and fast response times. It also comes with a companion mobile app, text to speech messaging, it's comfortable, and is extremely easy to use.
There are a few things you need to know about the Freedom Guardian before you make a purchase though. The Freedom Guardian only holds a charge for about 48 hours, depending on how you use it. And, it doesn't have a fall detection feature. So if those things are important to you, you might want to consider another option.
3. GreatCall Lively Wearable
The GreatCall Lively wearable is waterproof, looks like a watch and works in conjunction with your smartphone. If you ever have an emergency all you have to do is press the button and it will immediately connect you to one of their 5Star Agents who will then send help and/or notify a caregiver.
The nice thing about the GreatCall Lively is that it never has to be charged and it comes with a replacement battery should you ever need it. The Lively Wearable is extremely affordable at only $49.95 and you can opt to have it monitored for just $14.99/mo. Additionally, the GreatCall Lively comes with a fitness tracker, free automatic fall detection, and is very easy to use.
The only thing to be aware of before buying the GreatCall Lively Wearable is that it only works on Android 4.4 or iPhone iOS 8.0 or newer.