LifeFone Medical Alert Review 2024: Affordable Fall Detection and On-the-Go Systems

Jan 19, 2024
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  • $5 fall detection
  • Smartwatch with fall detection
  • 30-day trial period

Key Takeaways

Medical alert systems, like LifeFone, connect you with emergency responders and caregivers after a fall or during a medical event or other emergency. Access to immediate help with the push of a button can provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones, allowing you to go about your days with fewer worries.

In this LifeFone review, we’ll examine the benefits and drawbacks of LifeFone medical alert systems and share our hands-on testing experience.

About LifeFone

LifeFone was founded in 1976, making it one of the first medical alert system companies in the United States. Today, the company offers several medical alert systems for various activity levels and lifestyles. Choose from an at-home system, compact on-the-go devices, and even a smartwatch.

All packages, including the smartwatch, have optional fall detection. While a medical alert watch with fall detection is impressive, the price for fall detection is one of the most affordable in the industry at $5 per month. But be aware that research from 2021 [1]Javier González-Cañete, Francisco and Casilari, Eduardo. A Feasibility Study of the Use of Smartwatches in Wearable Fall Detection Systems. Sensors. March 23, 2021. Found on the internet at and 2023 [2]Lee, Yongkuk, et al. Experimental Study: Deep Learning-Based Fall Monitoring among Older Adults with Skin-Wearable Electronics. Sensors. March 2023. Found on the internet at  shows fall detection devices are most accurate when worn around the neck than on the wrist.

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Our Reviews Team spent more than 2,500 hours conducting in-depth research on medical alert systems. During our process, we:

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Why LifeFone is one of our Reviews Team’s top picks

LifeFone is featured in our best medical alert system review and was selected for the following reasons:

We tested three LifeFone packages during our medical alert system testing summit: the At-Home & On-the-Go bundle, VIPx®, and VIP Active®.

Black LifeFone mobile medical alert system in a sink with running water splashing on it
Our Reviews Team tested the water resistance of the LifeFone VIP Active®.

Pros and cons of LifeFone

30-day trial period
$5 fall detection
Smartwatch with fall detection available
Monthly price will never increase
Caregiver app only available for one device
No free warranty for wear and tear (protection plan costs extra)
Add-on accessories can get pricey ($14.95–$71.95)

Table 1 Comparison of LifeFone medical alert systems, as of January 2024

At-Home LandlineAt-Home CellularAt-Home & On-the-Go VIPx®At-Home & On-the-Go VIP Active®At-Home & On-the-Go BundleAt-Home & On-the-Go Safe Watch Active®
Starting monthly fee$29.95$34.95$45.95$43.95$39.95$49.95
Equipment fee$0$0$0$0$0$0
Activation fee$0$0$0$0$0$0
Device typeAt-homeAt-homeOn-the-goOn-the-goAt-home, on-the-goOn-the-go
Device range (feet)1,3001,300UnlimitedUnlimited1,400Unlimited
Connection typeLandlineAT&T cellularAT&T or Verizon cellularAT&T cellularAT&T cellularAT&T cellular
Battery life32 hours32 hours10 days5 days32 hours, 5 days24 hours
Location trackingNoNoYesYesYesYes
Fall detection (per month)$5$5$5$5$10$5
Water resistantYesYesYesYesYesYes
Caregiver appNoNoYesNoNoNo

LifeFone devices review

At-Home Landline

LifeFone at-home base station with help button necklace and wristband
$5 fall detection per month
1,300-foot range
Free battery replacements
Can answer landline phone calls with base station
Buttons for at-home necklace and wristband aren’t interchangeable
Medication reminders not available

The At-Home Landline is the least expensive LifeFone package at $29.95 per month with a month-to-month payment plan (see our cost section for quarterly and annual payment plan discounts).

The 1,300-foot range between the help button and base station is impressive for a landline system—Medical Guardian is the only other popular brand to offer this landline range. You can press your help button and connect to the monitoring center from more than three football fields away from the base station.

Fall detection ⓘA fall detection necklace has a built-in sensor that detects downward motion. It automatically contacts the monitoring center if it detects a fall, even if the user didn’t press the help button. is available for $5 per month. This is half the price of many of the best medical alert systems with fall detection.

LifeFone also monitors your help button and base station batteries and will send new ones for free when the battery is below 20%. The At-Home Cellular and At-Home and On-the-Go bundle include battery monitoring, too.

Our Reviews Team likes that you can answer incoming calls to your landline phone on your base station. Just press the base station help button when your landline phone rings and you’ll be able to enjoy conversations without holding the phone to your ear.

At-Home Cellular

LifeFone at-home base station with help button necklace and wristband
$5 fall detection per month
Cellular connection
Free battery replacements
At-home necklace and wristband aren’t interchangeable
Same range as landline connection
Medication reminders not available

The At-Home Cellular shares similar features with the At-Home Landline, such as optional fall detection, low-battery notifications, and a 1,300-foot connection range between the help button and base station. The main difference is the connection type.

While 1,300 feet is an impressive range for any at-home system, cellular connection systems often have a longer range than landline systems. We were disappointed there wasn’t an additional 100–200 feet with this package.

For $5 more per month, the At-Home & On-the-Go bundle also includes a base station with cellular connectivity, but it has an extended range (1,400 feet) and a mobile system.

At-Home & On-the-Go VIPx®

White LifeFone VIPx mobile system against blue background
$5 fall detection per month
10-day battery life
Three color options
Step tracking available
Location services only available through the Caregiver app
Caregiver app costs extra ($8 per month)

The VIPx® is a small, lightweight mobile system that’s about the length of a standard lip balm (see comparison image below) and doesn’t weigh much more. Available in black, white, and silver color options, you may not mind wearing the device around your neck—and may even forget it’s there. Our Reviews Team found the VIPx® light and comfortable when wearing it throughout the day, and we liked that we could also clip it onto a belt.

White LifeFone VIPx system next to a tube of lip balm against a blue background
The VIPx® is about the length of a tube of lip balm and weighs just a little more.

You can contact the monitoring center anywhere with the included cell service (your choice of Verizon or AT&T), so if you spend the majority of your time outside your home, drive independently, or walk around your neighborhood, a mobile system may better fit your lifestyle.

The VIPx® includes a two-way speaker and microphone, allowing you to speak with a monitoring center staff member during an emergency or test call. It also connects to GPS technology (satellites), so monitoring center staff can dispatch emergency services or loved ones to your location.

If you opt for fall detection, it’s built into the device, so you don’t have to worry about wearing a separate fall detection necklace with your VIPx®.

A caregiver app is available specifically for the VIPx®. The app has location and activity tracking, a help button activity log, battery level monitoring, and a step tracker. These are excellent features for loved ones who are more involved in the user’s care, but we don’t like that the app costs $8 per month when most caregiver apps are free or that location tracking is only available through the app.

At-Home & On-the-Go VIP Active®

LifeFone VIP Active mobile system in box against blue background
$5 fall detection per month
Two color options
No caregiver app
Only AT&T cellular service available

The VIP Active® is a compact, on-the-go system available in two color options: black and gold. While the system is 0.3 ounces heavier than the VIPx®, it’s smaller in size and a bit more discreet than the square shape of the VIPx®.

Black LifeFone VIP Active mobile system next to a Q-tip against a blue background
The VIP Active® is smaller in length than a Q-tip.

Like the VIPx®, the VIP Active® has a two-way speaker and microphone that connects to the monitoring center, as well as location tracking that uses GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular technology to pinpoint your location. It has a shorter battery life (up to five days) compared to the VIPx®, and AT&T cellular service is the only cellular service option.

Although the VIP Active® lanyard isn’t adjustable, our Reviews Team thought it was easy to take on and off with the lanyard’s magnetic clasp. The device sat comfortably on our chest.

You’ll never have to guess if your device has a low battery—there is a power light on the side of the VIP Active® that blinks red when the battery is low, as well as an automated voice that announces when the device needs to be charged. This verbal cue is loud enough that it woke up a member of our Reviews Team in the middle of the night during testing (a good reminder if you forget to charge your device at night).

The VIP Active® doesn’t have a caregiver app, which we consider a major drawback. We do like that on-demand location tracking is still available for the device—even without an app.

A phone displaying text that reads “Find Donna” and another phone showing the LifeFone location tag for Donna in Google Maps
Track the location of VIP Active® with a quick text.

Designated caregivers can text “Find (user name)” to 855-999-3224, and they’ll receive an address and link to their loved one’s device location on Google Maps. While we wish there was an optional app for the VIP Active®, some caregivers may prefer finding their loved one’s location via text without logging into and navigating an app.

At-Home & On-the-Go Bundle

LifeFone base station, mobile system, help button necklace, and two help button wristbands
Medication reminders available ($6 per month)
Two medical alert systems for one monthly price
$10 fall detection per month
Location services cost extra ($9 per month)

The LifeFone At-Home & On-the-Go bundle package comes with an at-home base station with a cellular connection, a wearable at-home help button with your choice of a wristband or lanyard, and an on-the-go mobile system. Both systems are unique to this package, which is unusual for medical alert system bundles.

We recommend this package for couples or roommates who would like to be connected to the monitoring center under one account.

The base unit has a 1,400-foot range from the help button and comes with a two-way speaker and optional medication reminders. Our Reviews Team didn’t receive instructions for setting up medication reminders when testing this package, and it wasn’t included in our user guide. You can learn more about medication reminders in our add-on services section.

Like the VIPx® and VIP Active®, the LifeFone mobile system works anywhere with a cellular connection. But unlike the other two devices, this mobile system includes a help button (wristband or necklace) with a 600-foot connection range.

If you opt for fall detection with this bundle, it’s double the price compared to every other LifeFone package: $10 per month instead of $5. We would understand this price increase if fall detection was available for the base station and mobile system, but you only receive one fall detection necklace for both systems.

One thing to keep in mind if you’re interested in buying this bundle: it is no longer listed in the LifeFone products menu, but is still available by request, both online and by phone. We spoke to a representative, who explained that because the company has added a new at-home and on-the-go wearable medical alert system that does everything the bundled systems do, this option is no longer being promoted. If you would prefer to have a base system that is AC powered and doesn’t need to be recharged, this bundle could still be a good option for you.

At-Home & On-the-Go Safe Watch Active®

Usually when opting for a medical alert watch, you have to make the choice between having fall detection or having a sleeker, more discreet device. Some medical alert brands have begun introducing smartwatches with fall detection, including LifeFone. But be aware common wrist movements may trigger a false alarm with fall detection smartwatches.

The At-Home & On-the-Go Safe Watch Active® offers fall detection for $5 per month. You can also reach the monitoring center by pressing the button on the side of the watch face or by triggering fall detection.

Audio and vibrational cues indicate when the watch is turning on and off, contacting the monitoring center, and charging. Our Reviews Team likes the large watch face and black background with contrasting large white letters, which may aid users with low vision.

You can also track your steps, monitor your heart rate, and check the local weather on your smartwatch. The Safe Watch Active® is one of the most affordable medical alert smartwatches with fall detection. Compare its $49.95 monthly monitoring fee and $0 equipment fee to the UnaliWear Kanega Watch ($69.95 per month plus a $299 one-time equipment fee).

While the Medical Guardian MGMove ($39.95 per month plus a $199.95 equipment fee) and Bay Alarm Medical SOS Smartwatch ($34.95 per month plus a $159 equipment fee) have lower monthly fees than the Safe Watch Active®, they include hefty one-time fees, and the MGMove doesn’t offer fall detection.

One drawback of the LifeFone Safe Watch Active® may be its touch screen, which may be difficult for some older adults to navigate. We’ve covered this topic in previous articles with Christopher Norman, a geriatric nurse practitioner based in New York state.

“As we age, our skin changes. The collagen (a protein) under our skin thins out, and we don’t provide as much oil or sweat,” Norman told us previously. “This accounts not only for wrinkles, but it results in skin that is more dry. If you’ve ever tried to use a touch screen with very dry skin, it doesn’t work as easily.”

How much does a LifeFone medical alert system cost?

Table 2 Comparison of LifeFone package prices, as of January 2024

Monthly subscriptionQuarterly subscription (per month)Annual subscription (per month)Equipment feeShipping fee
At-Home Landline$29.95$83.85 ($27.95)$274.45 ($22.87)$0$16.95
At-Home Cellular$34.95$98.85 ($32.95)$340.45 ($28.37)$0$16.95
At-Home & On-the-Go VIPx®$45.95$131.85 ($43.95)$461.45 ($38.45)$0$16.95
At-Home & On-the-Go VIP Active®$43.95$125.85 ($41.95)$439.44 ($36.62)$0$16.95
At-Home & On-the-Go Bundle$39.95$119.85 ($39.95)$406.45 ($33.87)$0$16.95
At-Home & On-the-Go Safe Watch Active®$49.95$143.85 ($47.95)$505.45 ($41.12)$0$16.95

The starting $29.95 monthly fee is standard compared to other medical alert system costs. LifeFone doesn’t charge equipment or activation fees, making its monthly prices even more impressive. Even if LifeFone increases its monthly monitoring fees over time, your monthly fee stays the same.

Monthly, quarterly, and annual subscriptions are available, and you’ll save a few dollars each month if you choose a quarterly or annual subscription. But keep in mind you’ll pay more upfront.

The above table shows the full amount you’ll pay quarterly (every three months) or annually (once a year), while the amount in the parentheses is how much that breaks down month-by-month.

On top of the monthly discount, you’ll also get the following perks:

LifeFone VIPx checkout page with monthly, quarterly, and annual payment plans
Compare payment plan costs and savings when you click “Add to cart” for any package.

Signing up for anything but a month-by-month plan may feel like a big commitment. Fortunately, LifeFone offers a prorated refund for the months you don’t use if you cancel your subscription, so signing up for a longer subscription may be worth it for the discount. We’ll go into more detail about the cancellation policy in the next section.

Insurance and other coverage

Medical alert systems are not covered by traditional Medicare, but some Medicare Advantage plans may offer full or partial coverage. Check with your insurance provider for full coverage details since coverage varies by plan.

Another option to pay for medical alert system equipment and monthly monitoring fees could be using money in a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA). Note that both have strict limitations: FSA funds can’t be used once you’re retired, and you can’t contribute to an HSA once you’re enrolled in Medicare.

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Another way to save money on your LifeFone medical alert system is through the brand’s referral program. When you refer a family member or friend and they purchase a LifeFone package, you’ll both receive a free month of service.

You can submit your referral by phone (800-331-9198), email (, or by filling out the referral form on the LifeFone website. The number of referrals you can submit or the free months of service you can receive when your referrals lead to a purchase is unlimited.

How to purchase a LifeFone medical alert system

You can purchase LifeFone medical alert systems online or over the phone at 800-882-2280. If you’re buying your system online, watch out for the slightly deceiving, “Plans starting as low as” price listed on each product page.

Online product page for LifeFone VIP Active with red arrow pointing to annual plan price

This is the monthly price for the annual plan. You’ll click Buy Now to view the monthly plan.

All packages include a 30-day risk-free trial, meaning you’ll receive a full refund (minus shipping) if you return the equipment within 30 days of receiving it.

LifeFone equipment comes with a lifetime warranty covering defects due to manufacturing. This manufacturer warranty is generous compared to most of the top medical alert systems that offer only a one-year manufacturer’s warranty, if any.

If you’re interested in equipment coverage for accidents or theft, review the LifeFone protection plan in the next section.


You can cancel your LifeFone subscription by calling 800-940-0262 and speaking with a customer service representative. You’ll also sign the notice of cancellation slip that comes with your system and include it in the return package.

Unlike some companies, LifeFone does not pay for return shipping, so you’re responsible for the return shipping costs. Once the company receives your equipment, it will cancel your monitoring center service and you’ll receive a prorated refund for any months not used (this is why we recommend purchasing a quarterly or annual payment plan).

We like that there are no cancellation fees or penalties. Note that add-on accessories, such as a leather carrying case or lockbox, are not eligible for a refund.

Does LifeFone offer a protection plan?

LifeFone offers a protection plan for $5 per month. How is this different from the company’s lifetime warranty? Instead of only replacing defective equipment due to manufacturing, the protection plan replaces lost, stolen, or damaged equipment due to accidents, like drops or spills, as well as damage from heat or humidity.

Screenshot of LifeFone protection plan details from an online checkout page
Add a protection plan to any LifeFone package during online checkout.

With a protection plan, you’ll receive expedited equipment repair and replacement after you meet your replacement deductible ($6 for help buttons and $29 for the base station, mobile device, or watch).

You’re eligible for one base unit, mobile system, or watch replacement, as well as two help button replacements during any 12-month period.

Does LifeFone offer fall detection?

LifeFone offers fall detection for all six packages. Fall detection is a popular feature and was the top special feature requested in a survey of 1,000 medical alert system users and caregivers conducted by our Reviews Team. [3]NCOA Adviser Medical Alert System Survey. 1,000 respondents. Conducted using Pollfish. Launched Nov. 11, 2022.

Fall detection is an additional $5 per month with the following packages:

It’s $10 per month for the At-Home & On-the-Go bundle.

There were no fall detection testing instructions in the LifeFone user guide or setup instructions. Our Reviews Team spoke with a customer service representative for testing instructions, and they told us to do the following:

  1. Swing the necklace by the lanyard four times
  2. Toss the necklace onto a hard surface, like a table or the floor
  3. Wait 30 seconds

Once we dropped the necklace on the table, it triggered fall detection. LifeFone fall detection sensors may be sensitive since we accidentally activated fall detection when picking up the necklace from a waist-high desk during testing.

Fall detection does not prevent falls, but it can help you get assistance quickly after a fall. Getting immediate medical attention after a fall can decrease the likelihood of health complications resulting from a “long lie ⓘA long lie occurs when a person falls and is unable to get up from the floor for an hour or more. Long lies have been associated with several types of long-term health complications.” Research shows these may include muscle damage, pneumonia, pressure sores, dehydration, and hypothermia. [4]Guat Cheng Ang, et al. Approach to Falls Among the Elderly in the Community. Singapore Medical Journal. March 2020. Found on the internet at

LifeFone VIP Active lanyard worn around a user’s neck
The VIP Active has built-in fall detection for $5 per month.

Keep in mind fall detection technology is not yet 100% accurate. A research survey from 2020 found an average accuracy rate of 93% for fall detection devices, but numbers vary. [5]Ramachandran, Karuppiah. A Survey on Recent Advances in Wearable Fall Detection Systems. BioMed Research International. Jan. 13, 2020. Found on the internet at

Another study [6]Aziz, Omar, et al. Validation of accuracy of SVM-based fall detection system using real-world fall and non-fall datasets. PLoS One. July 2017. Found on the internet at found an accuracy rate of 80%, but a review of 22 studies [7]Broadley, Robert W., et al. Methods for the Real-World Evaluation of Fall Detection Technology: A Scoping Review. Sensors. June 2018. Found on the internet at found that more real-world research is needed for a standard accuracy rate for fall detection systems, especially if different fall detection technology is used in each study.

Use NCOA’s Falls Free CheckUp to assess your or your loved one’s fall risk.

LifeFone add-on services, accessories, and app

Our Reviews Team found LifeFone add-on services confusing since some services are bundled in one monthly fee while others are not available for every package.

The LifeFone Caregiver Tools page lists activity assurance, daily check-ins, medication reminders, and location services as its main add-on services.

We’ve summarized add-on services here:

Add-on accessories

The following accessories are available to add to your package for a one-time fee during checkout:

LifeFone caregiver app and online portal

The VIPx® Caregiver Mobile App is only available for one system, the VIPx®, and costs $8 per month. These are huge downsides since most medical alert system apps are free and work with all devices.

The app allows caregivers to do the following:

The caregiver app has three navigation categories at the bottom of the screen: Home, Location, and Device.

LifeFone VIPx app home screen displaying the step tracker, first motion activity log, and button press activity
The VIPx caregiver app home screen allows you to monitor your loved one’s steps, first motion of the day, and when they press the help button.

The main function of the categories:

LifeFone VIPx app home screen displaying the device’s battery level and connection status
The VIPx app also shows the battery level and cellular service connection status.

You’ll also have access to an online account portal, but we confirmed with a customer service representative that this is mainly for administrative tasks, such as managing billing, emergency contacts, notification settings, and medication reminders.

Notification page from the LifeFone online portal showing notification settings
Caregivers can customize notification settings and other features on the online caregiver portal.

To manage emergency contacts in the portal, the user or primary caregiver fills out an online form with medications, allergies, emergency contacts, physician contact information, and preferred hospital.

We like that you can designate an emergency contact who has a key to your home and whether LifeFone should send email or text notifications to your emergency contact during an emergency.

You can also include details about the following:

LifeFone customer service and satisfaction

You can contact LifeFone customer service by phone (800-882-2280), by email (, or through online chat.

Our Reviews Team had an overall good experience with customer service when testing LifeFone medical alert systems. The customer service representatives were friendly, knowledgeable, and able to answer our questions directly.

One issue we experienced was getting placed on a “brief hold” when we called customer service multiple times, with these holds often lasting more than five minutes.

Two different customer service representatives gave conflicting information about the temperature monitoring feature. One representative explained the feature over the phone and told us it was included with the at-home base stations. Another representative told us via online chat that “temperature monitoring is no longer something that is offered with our systems.”

Our Reviews Team was impressed with how quickly we received answers when we submitted questions to Both of our questions were answered within the same day.

We recommend this contact method for simple questions about product specifications or features but not for complicated questions or troubleshooting issues.

Table 3 Comparing LifeFone to other top medical alert systems, as of January 2024

LifeFoneMobileHelpMedical GuardianBay Alarm MedicalLifelineLife Alert
Starting monthly cost$29.95 $19.95$29.95 $24.95 $29.95 $49.95
Device range (ft)1,300600–1,4001,300–1,4001,000800800
Connection typeLandline, AT&T or Verizon cellular,Landline, AT&T cellularLandline, AT&T or Verizon cellularLandline, AT&T or Verizon cellularLandline, cellularLandline, cellular
Fall detection (per month)$5–$10$11$10 $10 $15 (bundled with package)N/A
On-the-go optionsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Maximum on-the-go battery life10 days3 days5 days6 days4 days10 years
Response time (seconds)25–501–151–151–15N/AN/A
Location trackingYesYesYesYesYesYes

LifeFone customer reviews

LifeFone has 1.3 out of 5 stars on Better Business Bureau (BBB), but this is based on only three customer reviews. LifeFone responded to all three negative reviews and is accredited by the BBB.

The biggest issues the reviewers touched on were billing issues when trying to cancel their subscription and the fall detection necklace getting damaged after only a few falls.

The company had a much higher rating on Trustpilot: 4.9 out of 5 stars based on 908 reviews. LifeFone is a verified business with an “Excellent” rating, and the company responds to both positive and negative reviews.

A majority of the positive reviews praise the monitoring center’s quick response during an emergency. Multiple reviewers liked how LifeFone kept them in the loop as an emergency contact during a loved one’s emergency.

“Fortunately, I only had one emergency call on my LifeFone and the response was excellent. Someone stayed on the phone until the Fire Department and Paramedics arrived. I was very frightened and the person on the other end did everything she could to keep me calm and informed. That one emergency was enough to convince me that every senior or disabled person should have LifeFone in their home! Thank you for your exceptional service.”


“I bought LifeFone for my mother. She has already used it twice, once with the fall detection and once when she pushed the button. A representative from LifeFone contacted me both times. They have been wonderful to work with and I feel much more comfortable about my mother’s safety now that she is wearing her LifeFone necklace.”


Other positive reviews mentioned great customer service and compassionate team members, as well as the helpfulness of the help button’s low battery notifications and free replacements.

Negative reviewers reported issues processing returns, experienced poor customer service, thought the necklaces were uncomfortable, and reported multiple fall detection necklace false alarms.

“Fall detection is so sensitive you can hardly set it down on something soft and it goes off. If walking and it bumps on your chest it goes off. The response call is very good, but I wish they came up with a remote station that can be in two different rooms and not just the one main station. Returned the fall detection pendant and they still are charging me for it. Another call to LifeFone for money back.”


Bottom line

LifeFone offers two at-home systems, two mobile systems, a smartwatch, and an at-home and mobile system bundle with monthly monitoring fees ranging from $29.95–$49.95. LifeFone does not charge extra fees for extra equipment or system activation, and fall detection starts at $5 per month—one of the lowest in the industry—for all packages except the bundle.

We like that LifeFone has medical alert systems for both more independent, active users and those who may need more intensive at-home monitoring. It is one of the only top medical alert systems to offer a smartwatch with fall detection.

Several add-on services are available, such as activity monitoring, medication reminders, and location tracking. These services are not available for every package and can quickly add up to a much higher monthly fee.

The VIPx® is the only LifeFone package with a corresponding caregiver app, and it costs an additional $8 per month. If you’re looking for an innovative caregiver app that’s free with your medical alert system, consider Aloe Care Health, Bay Alarm Medical, or Medical Guardian.

Frequently Asked Questions

LifeFone medical alert systems cost $24.95–$49.95 per month, with optional fall detection for $5–$10 per month, depending on the package. Shipping is $16.95 and there are no activation or equipment fees. You can save a few dollars each month by opting for a quarterly or annual subscription.

Yes, our Reviews Team thinks LifeFone is a good company and included it in our best medical alert systems review. While LifeFone has 1.3 out of 5 stars on Better Business Bureau based on three reviews, the company has 4.9 out of 5 stars on Trustpilot based on 908 customer reviews. When testing LifeFone, our Reviews Team thought the devices were simple to set up, durable, and successfully connected to the monitoring center during all test calls.

LifeFone medical alert systems contact a 24/7 monitoring center using a landline or cellular connection when you press the help button or trigger fall detection. Depending on the situation, the staff member will dispatch emergency services, loved ones, or both to your location.

Yes. LifeFone is better than Life Alert, according to our Reviews Team. LifeFone has a longer at-home system range (1,300 feet) than Life Alert (800 feet) and offers fall detection for its at-home, mobile, and smartwatch medical alert systems. Life Alert does not offer fall detection and has many other drawbacks, such as a three-year contract, high monthly fees, pushy sales tactics, and more, which we discuss in our Life Alert review.

No. Medical alert systems are not covered by traditional Medicare (Parts A and B). Some Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) may offer full or partial coverage for LifeFone medical alert systems. Since Medicare Advantage coverage varies by plan, check with your insurance provider for full coverage details.

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Emily Breaux is a writer with a background in education. She has written on multiple health care and technology topics, as well as for the higher education and hospitality industries. She specializes in medical alert systems and enjoys writing about hearing aids, health insurance, and wellness topics specifically for older adults.
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Christopher Norman is a Board-Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Holistic Nurse. As a nurse’s aide, registered nurse and now nurse practitioner, he has loved working with older adults since 2004.
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