Life Alert Medical Alert System

Life Alert is the Original Medical Alert System

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Travis Goodreau

What Sets Life Alert Apart

Life Alert’s monthly fees range from $49.95 to $89.85. In comparison to other medical alert prices, on average, most medical alert monthly costs range from $19.95 to $89.95.

Life Alert emergency alert systems help protect against medical emergencies, shower emergencies and home intrusions.

Life Alert is a well-known company that provides reliable service and products. It is the only medical alert company or service that is endorsed by C. Everett Koop, the former U.S. Surgeon General. Life Alert provides help when you are feeling unsafe. They will respond even if it is not necessarily an emergency.  Another thing that sets Life Alert apart is their app. With GPS monitoring, customers can reach the monitoring center in two ways. With older phones, the monitoring center is placed on speed dial. There is an app for smartphones. The app allows users to directly reach the monitoring center.

Life Alert operates its own emergency response centers. They handle more than 2 million calls a year. Life Alert has twice as many emergency operators on call as compared to traditional home security companies. When a call is placed to the monitoring center, representatives stay on the phone until help arrives. Life Alert will also provide paramedics with your medical history in the event of an emergency.

Life Alert’s UL-Certified equipment is completely maintenance free. It also features a lifetime warranty. Life Alert allows you to choose professional or DIY installation. Another thing that is unique about Life Alert is that they will refund 100 percent of the monitoring and equipment fees should your loved one pass away while home alone.

Key Features

The best features of this system

  • Cellular & Landline Monitoring
  • In-Home & Mobile Monitoring
  • GPS Location Tracking
  • Nationwide Coverage

Life Alert Price & Packages

Life Alert costs range from $95 to $198 for equipment depending on what options you choose. The equipment includes installation (DIY or professional), programming and activation charges. The monthly monitoring fees range from $49.95 to $89.95 per month.

Life Alert requires a three-year contract. It can be canceled if the person goes into a nursing home, requires 24-hour care or dies.

Life Alert SystemLife Alert Cost (Monthly)Upfront Cost
Life Alert$49.95$95
Life Alert + Bathroom Button $69.95$96
Life Alert + Bathroom Button + Mobile$89.95$198

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Current Deal

If you pay annually, you get one month free with Life Alert. They also offer two months for free if you refer a customer to them and that person has service for 90 days or more.

Life Alert



  • 24/7 U.S. Based In-Home Monitoring
  • Emergency Alert Pendant
  • Cellular Monitoring

Life Alert with Help Button



  • 24/7 U.S. Based In-Home Monitoring
  • Emergency Alert Pendant
  • Help Button
  • Cellular Monitoring

Life Alert with Mobile



  • 24/7 U.S. Based In-Home Monitoring
  • Mobile GPS Monitoring
  • Emergency Alert Pendant
  • Help Button
  • Cellular Monitoring

About Life Alert Security

Life Alert is the first company to introduce medical alert systems specifically designed to provide emergency assistance to seniors and others in the event of a medical emergency. Known for their “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” commercials, the company has been providing reliable products and service for more than 30 years. Check out the full review of Life Alert here.

Life Alert FAQs

Is Life Alert covered by insurance?

No, most health insurance policies will not cover Life Alert costs. However, you should check with your provider to verify this as some insurers may offer it.

Is Life Alert covered by Medicare?

No, Medicare will not cover the cost of Life Alert. It is possible that your health insurance provider will cover the cost of Life Alert in some cases. You may be able to get a reimbursement for your costs if you have a supplemental plan for Medicare that covers it.

Can you get a Life Alert discount?

It may be possible to get a discount for Life Alert. However, the frequency of these discounts and what they cover can range widely. You can also find other promotional offers and savings options available right here for many of your needs. Be sure to look for these discounts before making your purchase.

How much is Life Alert?

The cost of Life Alert depends on what you decide to buy. There is a cost of $95 to $198 for the device itself, depending on which you choose. In addition to this, you also will pay a monthly charge of $49.95 to $89.95 depending on the type of coverage you desire.

Does Life Alert offer GPS options?

Yes, some of the Life Alert packages offer GPS. If you purchase the Life Alert with Mobile coverage, which is the higher end plan, it comes with mobile GPS monitoring. This allows you to learn where a person with the device is when he or she is away from home.

Does Life Alert offer fall detection?

No, Life Alert does not automatically include fall detection features.

Will Life Alert work if it gets wet?

Yes, Life Alert will work if it gets wet. Their pendants are water resistant. You can wear it with you when you take a shower or bath or when you go swimming. It also remains waterproof if you are sweating, such as when you are working out. Keep in mind it may not be ideal for deep diving or long periods of submersion, though.

Can I get Life Alert for free?

No, Life Alert is not available free of charge. It is not likely that health insurance companies or Medicare will cover the cost of Life Alert. From time-to-time, the company runs discount opportunities and promotional pricing. This may include not requiring you to pay for the device itself. However, there is still a required monthly payment for the monitoring service.

Does Life Alert have an App?

Yes, Life Alert has an app that users can download onto their phone. With the app, a member can press a button on the app and receive immediate assistance. You can talk to the operator to inquire about your plan or use it to call for help.

Does Life Alert offer two-way communication?

Yes, with Life Alert, you can hear the operator speaking to you. He or she can also hear you. This provides a way for you to request specific help from your operator. The system does not automatically always listen, though. Rather, you need to push the button on your device to open the two-way communication feature.

Features of Life Alert

24/7 Monitoring
24/7 Emergency Response

Life Alert provides 24/7 emergency response services whenever the emergency alert button is pressed. A trained dispatcher will respond even if you cannot reach the phone. They will then call your family and/or emergency services if needed.

Lifetime Warranty

Life Alert offers a free lifetime warranty on its equipment.


The emergency alert pendants are fully waterproof. Life Alert pendants can be worn in the shower, bath, pool and even when working out.

Spouse Coverage

Life Alert provides spouse coverage for an extra $10 per month. Life Alert spouse coverage ensures that both you and your loved one are protected at all times.

Extended Battery Life
Extended Battery Life

Life Alert’s equipment has an extended battery life of up to 7 years. Batteries can be replaced by Life Alert if they ever stop working.

Long Range Coverage

You can expect an 800-foot range with Life Alert equipment. This long range gives you full coverage and freedom in your home.

DIY Installation
Easy Set-Up

Life Alert offers easy DIY installation for customers that would prefer to install their system themselves.

Reviewed By
Travis Goodreau
Safety and Security Advisor
Travis is a retired Burglary Detective, having tallied 5,000+ burglary and theft cases throughout his career. He also served as an Arson Investigator, where he cracked the case of a serial arsonist, and made the arrest and prosecuted the would-be bomber of ABC-7 Studio in LA. We couldn’t be happier to have him as a Safety and Security Advisor. Learn more about Travis here
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Andrew Garcia
Lead Security Editor
As Lead Security Editor, Andrew strategically guides SafeHome and the resources we publish. He holds a BA in business, and has 10+ years of experience in content development. Today, Andrew edits and publishes articles, guides, and other resources to meet our rigorous standards. Learn more about Andrew here

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  1. Avatar Laraine McCrea says:

    My mother will be traveling and I need a system that isn’t tied to a home monitor.

    1. Avatar James Hardwick says:

      will this cover me and my wife?

      1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

        Hi James,
        It will if you get a plan that covers two people, yes.

  2. Avatar Karla says:

    Does this require cellular service or internet/wi-fi? My grandfather does not have either but he has a landline only.

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Karla,
      Life Alert can also work with a landline.

    2. Avatar Amber L Bell says:

      I have the wirless home base unit no WiFi or cell phone required it works through the cell towers i also have 2 shower buttons and gps i love it i have had it for almost 1 year life alert is amazing

  3. Avatar Chrissy says:

    Hi I was wondering two things?
    1) How does someone get Life Alert?
    2) Can the cost be covered by Medicaid or Medicare?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Chrissy,
      You can get LifeAlert by calling them. Their number is on Insurance does not usually pay for medical alert devices, but it’s possible that they will if you have a recommendation from your doctor.

  4. Avatar Frances Ginn says:

    If I pass out and can’t press the button, will the system detect that I have fallen?

  5. Avatar Denise Mathieu says:

    How do I contact customer service by phone?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Denise,
      The phone number listed on Life Alert’s website is 1-800-360-0329.

  6. Avatar Carla Newlin says:

    Can I buy a replacement silicon band for the LifeAlert wrist band?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Carla,
      Replacement bands are available for $49.

  7. Avatar Elizabeth mann says:

    If I am 10 miles away from the life alert unit will I be covered?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Elizabeth,
      The range for Life Alert’s base unit is 800 feet. Mobile GPS monitoring is available with the highest-priced Life Alert plan.

  8. Avatar Frank G says:

    Where should we check for discounts? This website or the Life Alert Website? How often do they come?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Frank,
      Life Alert doesn’t usually list pricing on its website, so we’d recommend checking back in here every few weeks.

  9. Avatar Stan says:

    Why can’t I buy Life Alert on the internet? Why don’t they publish their prices?

  10. Avatar Mark says:

    I’m wondering what happens if the phone is left off the hook, Will life alert be able to call out ???

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Mark,
      Life Alert works with both cellular data and landlines. If you’re worried about that scenario, we’d suggest using a Life Alert cellular plan, since leaving the phone off the hook isn’t possible there.

  11. Avatar Judith Shimkus says:

    I have lost my pendant. How do I get a replacement?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Judith,
      You’ll need to contact Life Alert to ask about a replacement.

  12. Avatar Kathy Gray says:

    We live in Sanger, TX. Denton is ten miles I would like to know if you cover small towns as this one

    1. Avatar Andrew Garcia says:

      Hey Kathy Gray!

      Of course Life Alert works in even the smallest of towns. While each plan comes with a cellular connection, if that is not as reliable for you, you can always utilize a landline connection to ensure continuous service. We hope that answers your question and feel free to ask any other questions you may have.

  13. Avatar Ron says:

    How are you able to enter the house if the customer “can’t get up” to unlock the door?

    1. Avatar Editor says:

      Hi Ron,

      Many seniors will have a lockbox or hideaway key outside of their home for first responders to gain access to the home. We recommend even considering a smart lock system where you can unlock the door remotely. In some scenarios, forcing entry may be necessary to ensure the safety of the senior inside.

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