Best for Included Optional Devices
Rescue Alert is a family-owned company with over thirty years of experience in the industry. Its headquarters and its monitoring centers are both located in Utah. Its origins go back to 1981, when the company founder developed an emergency communication system that used users’ existing landline telephone service. In the decades since, Rescue Alert has released several monitoring devices, and today offers three medical alert devices for both in-home and on-the-go use.
All Rescue Alert customers are eligible to receive a free add-on device when they sign up for service with the company. Users have the choice of receiving a free lockbox or a second personal help button for one of Rescue Alert’s in-home systems. These devices are provided completely free of charge, no matter which device and which payment plan customers choose. Compared to companies that charge a monthly fee for these devices, Rescue Alert customers can save a significant amount of money per year.
Who Rescue Alert Is Best For
Those Looking to Avoid One-Time Startup Costs
Rescue Alert does not charge any one-time fees. None of its systems carry any activation, equipment, or installation fees, and even shipping is included with all plans. Given that some companies have startup fees totaling over $100, this can be a huge help for seniors trying to stick to a budget. It also keeps things simple when trying to determine how much a medical alert system will cost. Prospective users know that the only thing they will be billed for is monitoring service, making it simple to calculate one’s yearly costs.
Those Interested in a Lockbox
All Rescue Alert users have the choice of receiving a free lockbox with their device. Users can store a spare key in their lockbox to provide emergency services with easy access to their home in the event that they need assistance but are unable to answer the door. Many companies require customers to pay a fee each month for a lockbox, which can add up to a sizable amount of money over the course of a year, but Rescue Alert users can use one for free.
Couples or Seniors Who Live Together
Rather than a free lockbox, users may choose to receive a second personal help button with their system. The extra button may be used by the user’s spouse or anyone else who lives in the same home. There is no extra fee for monitoring the second person, so both users can have emergency protection for the price of one. This can save couples or roommates hundreds of dollars over the course of the year.
Plans and Starting Costs
All Rescue Alert devices may be paid for on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. Additionally, some systems come with the option to purchase the device for a one-time, flat fee. The systems range in price from $32.95 to $44.95 when paid for on a monthly basis. There are no long-term contracts and users may cancel their service at any time.
Rescue Alert does not charge any one-time fees. Shipping is included with all plans. The only thing users will ever be billed for is monthly monitoring and/or the initial purchase price of the device.
Device Prices and Features
MXD is a basic in-home device. It is typically used with a landline connection, but may also be used with VoIP or cable. MXD is the only medical alert device with these alternative options to cellular service and a landline. The system includes a base station with a range of 600 feet and an 80-hour backup battery, and one wearable help button. Users may also choose to receive a second personal help button as their free accessory. Fall detection is available for $10 a month.
MXD costs $32.95 a month with a monthly plan, $29.95 a month with a quarterly plan, or $27.95 a month with an annual plan when users lease the equipment. Users also have the option of purchasing the system for a one-time fee of $849 (this fee includes monitoring), or purchasing the equipment for a one-time fee of $199 and then paying $15.95 a month for monitoring.
The MXD 3G is an in-home device with a cellular connection. The system uses AT&T’s 3G network to connect users with the emergency monitoring center. The base station has a range of 600 feet and a 60-hour backup battery, and the wearable help button is showerproof and waterproof. Users may choose to add fall detection to their service plan for an additional $10 a month.
This system costs $42.95 a month when paid for on a monthly basis. Other payment options include a quarterly plan which costs $39.95 a month and an annual plan which costs $37.95 a month. Users may also purchase the system for a one-time fee of $299, plus $25.95 a month for monitoring service.
Rescue Alert GPS
Rescue Alert GPS is the company’s only mobile offering. It is a lightweight, all-in-one device that users may wear as a pendant or in a belt clip. It uses AT&T’s 3G network and comes equipped with GPS services so monitoring center operators can easily find callers during an emergency. The device is waterproof and shower-safe and can last up to 48 hours on a single charge.
This device costs $44.95 a month with a monthly payment plan, $39.95 a month with a quarterly payment plan, or $37.95 a month with an annual plan. There is no purchase option for the Rescue Alert GPS.
|MXD||MXD3G||Rescue Alert GPS|
|Type of Device||In-home||In-home||Mobile|
|Battery Life||80-hour backup||60-hour backup||48+ hours|
|Range||600 feet||600 feet||N/A|
|Fall Detection||$10 a month||$10 a month||Not available|
Rescue Alert customers have the option of adding devices to their service plan, including:
- Wall Buttons: Wall buttons provide users with an extra layer of protection in the home. When pressed, the send a call to the emergency monitoring center, functioning as an additional personal help button. Rescue Alert’s wall buttons have a range of 600 feet from the in-home base station. Users of MXD or MXD 3G can add a wall button to their service plan for $5 a month.
- Lockboxes: Users who choose the extra personal help button as their free accessory rather than a lockbox can opt to purchase one for $39.99.
Rescue Alert operates two of its own ETL- certified emergency monitoring centers. Both centers are located in Utah and are staffed by trained operators. Many operators are bilingual, and the company assures users that Spanish speaking staff members are available at all times.