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Old 03-06-2016, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Tulare County, Ca
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I have a disabled friend who has Great Call. It has GPS in it so you don't have to be within range of the base station in your home . . . you can be anywhere. She researched just about everything on the market and concluded it was the best of them all. She has the "Splash" model which you can wear on a lanyard, or a wrist band, or a clip.

She's only had one experience when it did its job . . . she had unknowingly dropped it when she was in a restaurant and the Great Call Urgent Response Agent called - via the unit itself - and asked if she was OK because they'd gotten an alarm that she'd fallen. She informed them of what had happened and that she was fine. She was very pleased to find out that it worked just as advertised.

I like the fact that one doesn't have to be conscious for it to work. Lately we've had two seniors in my neighborhood who had strokes and fell out of bed - one laid on the floor for two days before she was found. And she had the type of unit (another company mentioned above) where she would have to press a button - but she was unconscious so couldn't. I personally want the one that works whether I'm conscious or not and that recognizes falls on its own.

I'm ordering one for myself I live alone and need all the help I can get. The price is comparable to other units on the market. Check it out.
I agree with you that the Great Call is way better than the Life Alert. You don't have to be near a base station in your home for it to work. It's on the Verizon network and you can get help anywhere Verizon works which is everywhere. It's a small device and the responder's voice comes through the device itself instead of through a base station in another room of your house. In other words, if you fall in your bedroom, you don't have to crawl into the living room to answer at the base station. You carry your base station around with you. It works in your car in or out of town (or state). ... great if you're traveling alone.If you press the button once, you get the Great Call responder team who stays with you until help arrives. If you press and hold the button down, it automatically goes to 911. It costs me $18 a month and has already saved my life. You can get it through the company or walmart and amazon.
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Old 03-06-2016, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Janellen, thank you for the comprehensive information of the Great Call system. I know I need to get one of these alert systems myself due to age and living alone, and your info will make my choice much easier!
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Old 03-06-2016, 01:58 PM
 
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I agree with you that the Great Call is way better than the Life Alert. You don't have to be near a base station in your home for it to work. It's on the Verizon network and you can get help anywhere Verizon works which is everywhere. It's a small device and the responder's voice comes through the device itself instead of through a base station in another room of your house. In other words, if you fall in your bedroom, you don't have to crawl into the living room to answer at the base station. You carry your base station around with you. It works in your car in or out of town (or state). ... great if you're traveling alone.If you press the button once, you get the Great Call responder team who stays with you until help arrives. If you press and hold the button down, it automatically goes to 911. It costs me $18 a month and has already saved my life. You can get it through the company or walmart and amazon.
Thank you so much for one more confirmation of what my friend told me. I'm ordering mine today.
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