A monitored elderly medical alert device will have a monthly or yearly subscription fee to pay for the live monitoring. A device like the Guardian Alert does not. You only pay for the medical alert system itself and then there are no more fees. This is a good option when price is a consideration. I'm not sure there is any benefit to having a live monitoring system if you are within the home because once you press the button on your medical alert device will dial 911. If someone can point out the benefit of calling a middleman to call 911 for you, I'd like to hear about it in the comment section. I may be missing something very important.
So I decided to look into the elderly medical alert system without monitoring. More specifically, the Guardian Alert 911. To me it seemed sensible and the price was right. It was advertised at $149 with free shipping. It wasn't anything fancy but it sounded like it was all we would need. (Read More on Guardian Alert 911 )