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Medical Guardian and Medical Alert systems are designed to allow seniors the independence they need to remain in their own homes. Pendants and wristbands are both waterproof and GPS enabled allowing you to have as much protection as possible whether you are at home or out in public.

Overview: Medical Guardian vs Medical Alert

Medical Guardian and Medical Alert offer a variety of devices that can be used both at home and while you're away. Multiple payment options are available and for different package options. Medical Alert offers both landline and wireless options while Medical Guardian only offers service through a landline.

  • Medical Alert requires AT&T coverage for their mobile feature
  • Medical Guardian has a range of 1300 feet at home and unlimited when GPS is used
  • Medical Alert offers both landline and cellular connectivity options
  • Both Medical Guardian and Medical Alert offer nationwide coverage for their systems
  • No contracts, but both companies require service agreements

Similarities: Medical Alert vs Medical Guardian

Neither Medical Guardian nor Medical Alert requires professional installation. Both companies offer devices that are waterproof and GPS-enabled. Service agreements are required instead of lengthy contracts. Both companies offer multiple pricing and packaging options designed to meet a variety of needs.

  • Both companies support multiple languages (Medical Guardian – 200, Medical Alert – 140)
  • 24/7/365 professional monitoring by both companies
  • Multiple options including pendants and wristbands
  • No installation or activation fees or equipment charges
  • Fall detection for both home and away with certain packages

Differences: Medical Alert vs Medical Guardian

While Medical Guardian and Medical Alert both offer systems that are capable of operating on cellular connectivity, Medical Guardian offers the landline option for those who prefer it. The Medical Alert system offers nationwide service, including Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

  • Medical Guardian has a 1300 foot range away from the base unit while at home
  • Medical Alert offers a fully wireless system as long as AT&T coverage is available
  • Medical Guardian offers a Price Lock Guarantee
  • Medical Guardian offers a Family Plan
  • Medical Alert's base offers two-way communication


In addition to almost immediate emergency response times, Medical Guardian offers a lockbox option with a medical history card that allows responders easy access to the home and vital information about the patient's health. Medical Guardian offers multiple devices that are both waterproof and GPS-enabled.

Medical Alert offers pendants and wristbands that are waterproof and GPS-enabled. Only the base unit has two-way communication capability. Fall detection is offered in some of the packaging options. 24/7 monitoring ensures that emergency response teams are notified as well as the names on the contact list.


Neither company requires a contract. Both companies, do, however, require service agreements. Medical Guardian's service agreement lasts for 90 days.


Medical Guardian's basic package is the Classic Guardian for $29.95 a month. The Home Guardian is priced at $34.95 a month and the Active Guardian at $49.95. The Mobile Guardian plan costs $39.95 a month. For $79.95 a month, you can get a Family plan with devices for a spouse.

There are two main Medical Alert packages. The In-Home with a Landline costs $19.95 for both monthly and semi-annual plans. The annual plan costs $18.29 a month. The In-Home without a Landline (runs solely on cellular service) starts out at $29.95, with a semi-annual plan that costs $27.95 a month. The annual plan costs only $25.62 a month.)


Medical Guardian supplies a base unit, a pendant, bracelet, and belt clip-on with all of the necessary cords and charging units. Medical Guardian's pendants, bracelets, and clip-on devices are all two-way communication enabled.

Medical Alert also provides a base unit, pendant, and wristband. Only the base unit allows for two-way communication.


Both systems offer do it yourself installation and set up.

Emergency Connections

Medical Guardian and Medical Alert both support multiple languages and cellular connectivity. Medical Guardian also offers a landline connection. Both systems monitoring centers provide immediate response and can dispatch local emergency personnel in a short amount of time. A choice of text or phone call is sent to family members on the patient's contact list.

Summary: Medical Guardian vs Medical Alert

Medical Guardian offers a well-rounded system for individuals who want the full package at a modest price. It's also a good option for those who want two-way communication from the pendant instead of the base.

Medical Alert is a good option if you don't want to worry about having a landline. The price is affordable and is a great choice for individuals who want to live on their own for as long as possible.

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