ResponseNow Medical Alert System

Security.org TeamOctober 3, 2019

Maintaining independence as a senior citizen or someone with medical concerns can be challenging. If you or a loved one wants to continue living alone, a medical alert system may be the answer. ResponseNow Medical Alert System focuses on mobile protection. Many of its features are far from advanced, but the emphasis on mobility may be ideal for someone who enjoys getting out of the house.

ResponseNow Medical Alert System works with AT&T’s cellular network, offering a nationwide and generally reliable connection. If you are looking for a solution that can fit your lifestyle but aren’t looking for the latest and greatest gadgets, this may be the medical alert system for you. Read on to learn more about the features and costs of this system.

Features

ResponseNow offers three solutions for medical alert systems: Belle, Belle+ and In The Home. The former two are both pendant systems focused on going with you wherever you go. The In The Home Option is a more traditional in-home medical monitoring system. Below are some of the most notable features offered by ResponseNow.

24/7 Monitoring

Like other medical alert systems, ResponseNow offers 24/7 monitoring. This is U.S.-based and included with every package.

Cellular Monitoring

The Belle and Belle+ systems use AT&T Cellular for their connection. You can take them with you wherever you go. They are both pendants, making them reasonably convenient for bringing with you in the car, while walking or while out and about. Even when you are at home, you can always have your pendant on you for easy access.

Fall Detection

The Belle+ pendant has a built-in fall-detection sensor. This will immediately alert the monitoring center if it detects that you have fallen. Some people prefer to have this feature just in case they fall and are unable to press the call button on the device. Since the Belle+ also has GPS and a cellular connection, this system works even when you aren’t at home.

Fall detection is also available with the In The Home system for an additional price. This is a pendant much like other medical alert systems. It is a little lower profile than the Belle+ but is limited to the home.

GPS Location

The Belle and Belle+ pendants include a GPS. This helps the monitoring center and emergency services find you more easily if necessary. For people who travel at all regularly, this feature can be a major benefit as it can be difficult to get your bearings after a fall or other medical emergency, especially in an unfamiliar place.

For the Belle+, the GPS can also be used by loved ones to track the device’s location. If you have a family member who is prone to getting lost and confused, this can be a source of peace of mind. You can just text a number, and the system will respond with the current location.

In-Home Monitoring

The In The Home system works like a more traditional landline-based medical alert system. It has a battery backup for power outages. The system also includes a traditional pendant or wristband. For an extra cost, you can get a fall detection pendant.

Additionally, the Belle and Belle+ can be used for in-home monitoring. When in your own home, they use Wi-Fi instead of a cellular connection. In the event of a power outage, they will revert to cellular.

Water-Resistant Pendant

All ResponseNew Medical Alert System pendants are either water-resistant or waterproof. So, you can take them in the shower with you without needing to worry about damage. The Belle and Belle+ are water-resistant while the In The Home pendant and wristband are waterproof.

Long Battery Life

The Belle pendant can run on a single charge for up to 30 days and requires three hours to charge fully. This is unusually long battery life. The Belle+ is a little more feature-rich, so it doesn’t last as long. However, it can hold a charge for up to five days and requires four hours to charge. Even this shorter battery life is still significant and offers a lot of flexibility.

Costs

The equipment for ResponseNow Medical Alert system is free with a monitoring subscription plan. So, you can get started without an upfront investment into equipment. Additionally, the starting price of $29.95 per month is relatively low. However, to get the mobile monitoring, which is perhaps the biggest selling point, you need to upgrade to the $39.95 per month package.

The three subscription plans are In the Home, Belle and Belle+. Below is a comparison of their major differences:

FeatureIn The HomeBelleBelle+
24/7 MonitoringLandlineCellularCellular
Lifetime GuaranteeYesYesYes
Range500 ftNationwideNationwide
Battery Life24-Hour Backup30 Days5 Days
2-Way VoiceConsolePendantPendant
GPS LocationNoYesYes
Wi-FiNoYesYes
Shower SafeYesYesYes
Fall DetectionOptionalNoYes
Pendant StyleNecklace or WristbandNecklaceNecklace
Price Per Month$29.95$39.95$49.95

The optional fall detection for the In The Home system is an additional $11.95 per month. This would make the price per month $41.90, which is only $8.05 less than the more feature-rich Belle+.

You can choose to pay monthly, quarterly or annually. The longer billing periods provide a discount. For example, the Belle+ is $539.40 per year, which averages out to $44.95 per month, a discount of $5 per month.

Getting Started

The equipment is included with the plan. This is available even with a monthly plan, and there does not appear to be a contract requirement. There is no activation fee, and shipping is free.

ResponseNow does not offer a professional setup service; however, the process is reportedly very simple. Additionally, you can call a service center if you have any questions.

Summary

ResponseNow Medical Alert System offers a good deal for people wanting a monitoring system. The Belle and Belle+ are strong options for anyone who wants a medical alert system, but does not want to be tethered to the home. They would make excellent choices for seniors who like to travel around the country.

Additionally, there do not appear to be any upfront costs or excessive contract requirements. ResponseNow does not offer anything ground-breaking in terms of features. Nonetheless, it is a worthwhile consideration, especially for relatively active users.