Medical Alert Jewelry Options

Updated for December, 2021

Anyone who is looking for a medical alert system wants to know how they’re going to wear it, right? If you have something that’s uncomfortable or is too bulky it can interfere with your daily life. When that happens, you may not wear it all the time because it’s in the way.

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However, if you’re not wearing it, it’s definitely not going to be able to help you the way you need it to, so looking at different types of jewelry is important. It’s also important to consider alert jewelry such as a medical ID bracelet that doesn’t have an actual button to notify someone about an emergency, but instead provides others with information if something should happen to you so we’ll talk about those as well.

Upgraded pendant units may provide more freedom, because they allow you to travel wherever you want and they use a cell phone tower to connect you to the agents who are monitoring

If you’re looking for jewelry that’s going to provide you with a medical alert button you can use to call for help when you need it then you don’t have too many options, but they’re still important to consider. Luckily, these types of medical alert jewelry are usually included in the cost of an entire system, so you don’t have to worry about anything extra; the monitoring service on the other end is also part of an overall package.


The first type of jewelry you’re probably going to find when looking at medical alert options are pendants. This is basically a button that you wear on a lanyard around your neck. The lanyard may come in different colors or slightly different styles, but the ‘charm’ at the end of the pendant is going to be a small button that you can easily press if you find yourself in an emergency situation. For example, if you find yourself having difficulty breathing, if you fall or if you otherwise need help.

Most of the pendants that come standard with an alert system are going to be tied to a base unit. That means you need to be within so many feet (usually 600 – 1500) of the base in order for the button to work. If you are within that range and you push the button that button will connect to the base unit. The base unit will then connect to the agents that are on the other side of the system, monitoring the system. When it connects you can notify them of the emergency and they can send someone to help you immediately.

Upgraded pendants may allow you to travel wherever you want because they use a cell phone tower to connect you to the agents that are monitoring the system. This provides you with more freedom and also gives a more accurate and pinpointed location for you if there is an emergency because the cell tower is able to provide more accuracy than the system that relays through your house. Because it provides more freedom, more people tend to like these pendants, though a pendant can still be a drawback for some.

Pendants tend to be easily noticeable and, therefore, not ideal for those who don’t really want others to know they have an emergency alert system. After all, it’s a relatively large necklace that tends to hang down further; therefore, making it more difficult to wear under a shirt. Instead, it tends to hang over the top, which lets everyone know that you’re wearing one. While this may not be an issue for some, it can be for others who want to maintain their independence a little bit more.

With a wristband you’re getting a device that’s actually very easy to hide.


Medical Alert Wristband

A wristband is going to be very similar to the pendant except you wear it around your wrist. It resembles any other bracelet and may be made with plastic, rubber, silicone or any other material. The band then features a small button that you can easily press in case of any kind of emergency. Just like with the pendant you’re going to have no problem getting immediate assistance if you need it simply by pressing that button and connecting with the team monitoring it on the other end.

This type of device is generally connected to a base unit just like the standard pendant. That means you can only go so far from the base unit before your device will no longer work. That 600–1500 feet may seem like a very long distance if you’re an individual who doesn’t like to leave their home frequently or who only goes out with someone else. The button on your wristband can reach out to the base station within that distance and will then connect you to the agents on the other end just like with the pendant, but it limits you with its range.

Wristbands also can be purchased with a different range, however, if you opt for one that connects via a cell phone tower. These wristbands allow you to go wherever you want to go because if you have an emergency they connect you to agents via that cell phone tower. That way, you’re able to enjoy your freedom and travel wherever you want to go throughout the country and your medical alert system will still be able to find you and connect you to emergency services when you need them.

With a wristband you’re getting a device that’s actually very easy to hide away if you don’t want other people to know you’re wearing it. You can put it on your wrist and cover it with the sleeve of your shirt or jacket. No one knows you have it, but, in case of an emergency, you’ll have no problem reaching the button to get help, which can also help you feel a little more independent and less like everyone knows that you have a medical alert system.