Learn More About Life Alert & ADT Health

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SecureScore™: 7.7/10

ADT Health
SecureScore™: 7.3/10

Life Alert and ADT Health are two of the most well-known names in the medical alert/home security industry. Both companies understand the needs of the people who subscribe to their services and offer features to meet or exceed those needs.

Overview: Life Alert vs ADT Health

Both companies are limited in various ways with the services and features they offer, however, each one provides the highest quality of equipment possible and several features that make their services both reliable and effective.

  • The range of ADT Health's system is less than 700 feet
  • Both offer at home and on the go options in terms of coverage
  • Life Alert offers a cell phone and app for monitoring when you're away from home
  • Fall detection is offered as an add-on feature by both companies
  • ADT Health does not require a contract or service agreement

Similarities: ADT Health vs Life Alert

Life Alert and ADT Health medical alert systems provide similar features, services, and devices. Both companies offer devices that are waterproof and GPS-enabled. Each company has a solid reputation for being able to provide effective and reliable services in terms of rapid response to emergency situations.

  • Wearable devices are waterproof
  • Cellular monitoring is provided by both companies
  • Limited range of fewer than 800 feet from the base unit
  • 24-hour connectivity to emergency services
  • Fall detection available as an add-on feature

Differences: ADT Health vs Life Alert

Although Life Alert and ADT are similar in terms of devices and features, they are different in terms of installation, contracts, and how they provide on the go coverage for when the subscriber is not at home. The range of their equipment is also different.

  • Life Alert has a range of up to 800 feet from the base unit (ADT Health less than 600 feet)
  • Life Alert requires a contract
  • ADT Health offers both do-it-yourself and professional installation
  • ADT does not offer temperature sensors with its advanced package
  • Life Alert offers a cell phone and mobile app feature
  • ADT Basic requires a landline


Life Alert's features include 24-hour professional monitoring, wristbands and pendants that are waterproof and a cell phone for coverage away from home. A mobile app is also offered. Fall detection and home intrusion protection are optional and can be added to each package.

ADT offers waterproof pendants and wristbands and a base unit with a range of between 300 and 600 feet. Fall detection is available on all plans, but it is a standard feature with the On-the-Go package. The Medical Alert Plus and On-the-Go package are supported by cellular service, while the Basic package requires a landline.


Life Alert requires a 3-year or 36-month contract to start service.

ADT does not require a service agreement or contract for their medical alert system.


Life Alert charges up to $200 for a technician to professionally install their system. There are no activation or equipment fees. Package prices range from $50 to $90. Fall detection and other add-on features like home intrusion protection will result in additional fees.

Ordering ADT Health's packages online can result in a $2 per month discount. The month-to-month online cost for each package is Medical Alert Basic/$27.99, Medical Alert Plus/$33.99, and ADT On-the-Go/$37.99. Fall detection costs an additional $10 per month. ADT Health also offers the ForevRate program to keep prices affordable.


Life Alert's base offers two-way communication and an 800-foot range. Both the pendants and wristbands are waterproof. For away from home coverage or to extend the range for the base, a cell phone option with a mobile app is also offered.

ADT Health equipment includes the base unit, waterproof pendant, waterproof wristband, fall detection pendants, and temperature sensors for certain packages. Equipment is covered by a lifetime warranty for wear and tear, but not for loss or damage.

Emergency Connections

Life Alert uses cellular service for emergency connectivity. The company is well-known for its immediate response in terms of both dispatching EMS and sending notifications to numbers on the subscriber's contact list.

With ADT Health, the basic package requires a landline while the two more advanced options offer cellular-driven service. As soon as an alert is received, EMS teams are immediately dispatched to the scene of the alert. Notifications are also sent to numbers on the customer's contact list.

Summary: Life Alert vs ADT Health

Life Alert medical alert system is a great choice for individuals who don't need an extended range of service. It also offers the added convenience of a cell phone if that is preferred.

ADT Health is a reliable option for individuals who don't leave their home frequently or who live in assisted living facilities. For those who do go out, the On-the-Go package is affordable and offers a higher level of convenience.

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