Lifefone Medical Alert Review

#5 in Medical Alerts

Why They're a Good Choice

LifeFone has been in business for 40 years. They now offer five distinct medical alert systems, three are for in home use, the other two can function anywhere.  Of LifeFone's three in-home systems, one works over landline and two utilize the company's cellular service with AT&T (the cellular packages come with or without fall protection).  The last two systems are LifeFone's "At Home and On the Go" services. They use mobile emergency GPS technology that functions anywhere within the US. LifeFone also offers mobile apps for individuals who don't want to carry an emergency response device, and families who wish to monitor their loved one.

The cellular enabled system, which allows seniors to have an alert system without a landline in their home, is among our top picks for medical alert systems. 

What Do You Get with LifeFone:

  • A company that has been in business since 1976.
  • Recognized by Harvard Health publications, Web MD, the National Council on the Aging, the National Stroke Association, the National Institute of Senior Citizens, Web MD, A Place for Mom, and more.
  • BBB A+ rated.
  • UL certified equipment.
  • 24-hour access to phone operators located in a dedicated response center that only takes Medical Alert System calls.
  • Waterproof call buttons.
  • Call buttons can be worn as wristbands or necklaces.
  • LifeFone Emergency Response Card for worldwide protection. This card is engraved with your name and personal identification number, and allows quick retrieval of key information in case of an emergency.
  • Website provides ability to create and update Personal Emergency Care Instructions securely online.
  • Fall Detection available
  • GPS tracking available with mobile base units
  • Easy Cancellation: Cancel anytime and receive a refund for unused time (refund is based on the day the equipment is returned).

Additional Features:

  • Caregiver Tools
    • Daily Check-in calls - LifeFone will call the subscriber daily ($19/month)
    • Wellness Checks ("Activity Assurance") - The subscriber checks in with LifeFone by pushing the help button once a day ($6/month)
    • Medication Reminders - Tells subscriber what medications to take and when  ($6/month)
    • Location Services - Locate the subscriber's mobile GPS unit as needed (starts at $9/month)
  • Whole House Protection: Fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detection available


(1) At-Home Landline Service:

  • 24.95/mo if paid annually; $27.95 if paid quarterly; $29.95 if paid monthly
  • 480 ft. communication range for basic unit
  • Fall detection $5 extra per month
  • 1,500 ft. communication range w/extender
  • 32 hrs of battery backup life
  • No time commitment meaning if you prepay by the year or quarter, you get a full refund of unused service upon return of the equipment.

(2) At-Home 3G Cellular Service:

  • $32.95/mo if paid annually; $34.95/mo. if paid quarterly; $37.95 if paid monthly.
  • 600 ft. communication range
  • 60 hrs of battery backup life
  • Works on LifeFone's cellular service with AT&T.
  • No time commitment meaning if you prepay by the year or quarter, you get a full refund of unused service upon return of the equipment.

(3) At-Home 3G Cellular Service with Fall Detection

  • $38.95/mo if paid annually; $41.95/mo if paid quarterly; $43.95 if paid monthly
  • Fall Detection
  • 30 hrs of battery backup life
  • Temperature Sensor
  • Remaining features same as above

(4) At Home & On-the-Go GPS

  • $36.95/mo if paid annually; $39.95/mo if paid quarterly; $39.95 if paid monthly
  • Uses mobile emergency response GPS technology, users must bring mobile unit with them
  • Works anywhere in the US
  • Works up to 600 ft. from base unit; up to 350 ft. from mobile unit
  • Base unit has 30 hrs of battery backup life, the mobile unit has 24 but also works while charging
  • Temperature Sensor
  • No time commitment meaning if you prepay by the year or quarter, you get a full refund of unused service upon return of the equipment.

(5) At Home & On-the-Go GPS with Fall Detection

  • $46.95/mo if paid annually; $49.95/mo if paid quarterly; $49.95 if paid monthly
  • Fall Detection
  • All other features same as above

Mobile Apps

LifeFone also offers two mobile apps for individuals and families.

  • Mobile Alert - Users can use this application on their smartphone in lieu of or as a complement to an emergency response device. $7.95/month for new customers; $5.95/month for existing LifeFone medical alarm customers.
  • Family Guard - Family members and caregivers can use this user-configurable device to monitor their loved ones. Monthly Plans Starting at: $9.95.

The Fine Print:

  • Options for both cellular & landline
  • Portability on at-home systems - both landline and cellular units comparable to other top providers.

The Bottom Line:

LifeFone has strong cellular & landline enabled services, which range in price from $24.95/mo up to $39.95/mo. They're a good company with medical alert offerings that are both popular & competitively priced.

Latest Reviews

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Terry P
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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My daughter got a Lifefone button for me about two years ago. Lifefone has taken the fear out of living alone as I know that help is always within reach. I would highly recommend their service.

Matthew D
Dundee, Michigan
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We got my mom LifeFone about two years ago. She’s very happy with service - they always respond quickly to her calls and get her help when she needs it. They also call my sister and me and let us know what’s happening. We feel better knowing that she has the LifeFone button.

M Yorio
New Rochelle, New York
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I've had Lifefone for several years and I am very happy with the service. The operators are always kind and very patient. I feel very safe in my home and have told many of my friends about this wonderful service.

Robert K.
New York, New York
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My dad is 94, in good health, and only agreed to get a LifeFone neck pendant and monitor/call-box after falling a couple of times and getting dizzy other times. He lives alone and wears the pendant and sleeps with it. There have been two instances since installing the system two months ago, and LifeFone alerted me and alerted my dad to let him/us know that they were dispatching help. I'm in New York and my dad is in Miami, so it was comforting to hear how professional the LifeFone team was in their calls and in their process. Thank you!

John J.
Stamford, Connecticut
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We are very pleased with the Lifefone system and service. I would highly recommend this system to anyone who needs a medical alert monitoring system.