One thing that you do not want to play around with is your health. If you are someone in a medically vulnerable position, such as me, it is in your best interests to get one of the many different medical alarms that are available. However there are some that are better than others, as I soon discovered very shortly after looking around and comparing the many different options. The one I went with in the end is the 911 Guardian Alarm. There’s a lot that can be said about this alarm, and nearly all of it is positive, making it one of the best options that you could choose. Mostly I was just impressed with the sheer number of positive reviews it received across the web in general.
What to Look for in This Medical Alarm
When I was looking at the Amazon.com alarm options I was struck by the great features the 911 Guardian Alarm offers:
- No monitoring fees service charges or contracts ever
- Talk directly through your pendant to 911 Emergency Operator at the push of a button
- Complete coverage in and around your home
- The worlds only 2-way Emergency Pendant Communicator
- 24 Hour 7 Days a Week Emergency Protection
Possibly the best thing that I noted was that I would not be paying any additional fees, and neither would I be bound down by a contract, something which you will often find that they try to do with these alert systems. The protections service is 24/7 and so is your ability to get hold of someone. The pendant that comes with the product has a two way communication device which means that we find it far easier to communicate with the response team when something does happen.
How much does it Cost?
At the moment this medical alarm is being sold for around $122 on Amazon. This is not a bad price at all, especially when you consider how much you are saving by purchasing in online in this way. Super Saver Shipping rules also apply, indicating that there are no hidden costs. As mentioned previously you do not have to pay a subscription fee or anything like that, so the $122 investment is the beginning and end of your commitment to the product in terms of price. If this price is too step, Amazon will direct you to similar products at different prices, so you may find what you’re looking for in any case. When I bought it there were interesting savings to be made by purchasing online, and when I compared it to the prices you would pay in a sore I was quite impressed by how much of a deal it was.
The 911 Guardian Alarm consists of two parts:
- A base station which plugs into the phone jack
- A pendant which is worn by the user
- An AAA alkaline battery
- 7 foot phone cord for the base
- AC adaptor
- Belt clip for pendant
The base station can be plugged into any phone jack around the home. No matter where the base station is located, the system will still be operational (provided you are within the bounds of the home). The AAA battery is included with the system, and this will keep the system running for a year (so remember to replace it once a year regularly in order to avoid a system shut down that will leave you stranded when you need aid the most). There are also several options for wearing the pendant provided, such as a lanyard.
The 911 Guardian Alarm system comes with a 1 year limited warranty. This isn’t bad at all, especially when you consider that many other alarms in a similar range simply do not come with a reasonable warranty at all and are therefore far from being ideal options for the average shopper looking for a way to keep themselves or a loved one safe with a medical alarm system. I genuinely feel that you can judge the quality of a product at least partially by the warranty that the company is willing to offer on the product. A warranty of one year is not to be sneezed at and it is one of the better options that you are going to find. As medical alerts go you will find that several of them do not even have a warranty at all, which means that they are probably not going to last.
What others are saying
Of course I had to see what other customers had thought about the product previously before making my final decision. The top Amazon.com comments got my attention immediately.
- "The product is easy to use and as I expected."
This is certainly true. Often when you buy a product like this it is more complicated than it appears at first glance. There are also often other hidden catches or problems that you do not pick up on until you use it. Not so with the 911 Guardian Alarm.
- "My questions were answered promptly."
Customer service quality is important with a medical alarm because you will need to be in contact with the company’s response centre. The customer service you receive is an indication of the level of care you will receive when the alarm system actually needs to be used.
There are a few negative comments that people have made about the 911 Guardian Alarm medical alert system:
- The first complaint is that it is not water resistant as it comes with instructions to not wear it in the shower. It is still ideal for patients who do not shower unassisted.
- The medical alarm comes with instructions not to wear it around the neck at night. This is another problem as you do want your loved one to have 24/7 access to aid.
- In addition, people have also said that it is quite heavy to wear around the neck and that there is no alternative wrist option or anything like that.
Although these concerns have not yet affected me, I can see how they may be worrying. You will need to weigh up the advantages against the disadvantages and see whether or not you feel it will suit you.
Where Can I Buy It?
There are a number of places that you can buy this particular medical alert system from:
As mentioned throughout this review you can buy it online from resources such as Amazon. That’s where I got mine and I was very happy with the speed of delivery and the service. Most medical supply stores will also stock this device or one that is very similar to it if you prefer not to make your purchase online but rather in a face-to-face situation.
Where Can I Find Out More?
There is not a lot of information online about this particular medical alarm. When you do a search on the name “911 Guardian Alarm” there is not a lot of information that comes up as a result. This is unfortunate for people who like to do their research well. However, Amazon.com provides a very comprehensive account of the device and may therefore be the best place to start. On the website “Aids to Daily Living” is listed as the product’s producer, but even when you look on their website there is not a lot of information available. The best way to find out more about a system like this is by reading customer reviews. These reviews will give you an idea of what experiences the people who have used that product before had and whether or not it is, overall, considered to be a good option to consider when looking for a device like this.
This is, as you can tell from the above information, a very good medical alarm to choose if you are serious about having the best alert system possible to account for those medical emergencies that can, and that often do, arise unexpectedly. Of course there are many other options out there, some of them with different features to the 911 Guardian Alarm that may be better suited to your particular needs. However, this is a good starting point and I think, even if you are looking for something a little more specific, you can still use this medical alert system as you starting point for making comparisons. So far it has gotten me through too medical emergencies and in the future, although I hope not to have any more, it will no doubt continue to stand me in good stead.