ResponseLINK Review

ResponseLink Fall Detection


Who is ResponseLink? 

ResponseLINK is based in Cucamonga, CA and has been in the medical alert industry for over30 years. All of their call centers are based in the U.S. and have multilingual certified EMT call center technicians to help you 24 hours a day. They claim to have served Response Link systems to over 100,000 Americans to date. 

Review Summary

ResponseLINK offers a variety of medical alert system services including an affordable in-home medical alert monitoring system with or without a landline, automatic fall detection and a mobile alert system. They do offer a 30-day money back guarantee if you are not happy with the service, free tech support, unlimited button presses and offer advanced payment discounts.

*Note - Alert1 and Modern Senior Magazine are wholly owned and operated by ResponseLINK, LLC.

There are three system packages that ResponseLINK offers:

1. Classic Medical Alert: Traditional in-home medical alert system that uses a landline. If you do not have a landline, simply let them know and they will give you the wireless home medical alert system.

2. Fall Detection Medical Alert System: In-home system that does not require a landline. The small pendant senses a fall and will automatically signal their command center.

3. Mobile Alert System: On-the-go coverage with Geolocation services. Powered by T-Mobile cellular technology. 



Pros

No equipment or set-up charges, no long-term contracts, free shipping, automatic fall detection available, EMD certified multilingual operators and advanced payment discounts. 


Cons 

No pill reminder, carbon monoxide, or smoke detector options available. Only quarterly, semi-annual and annual payment options, but you do get a discount if paying semi-annually or annually.  No automatic system testing, and the monitoring center is not TMA (CSAA) Five Diamond Certified.  


Rating: 3.5



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Pros & Cons To Consider

How did ResponseLINK do?
Price
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Cost for Equipment

Free rental equipment with free ground shipping

Cost Per Month

Medical alert systems start as low as $19.95 per month

Advance Payment Discounts

Yes

Monitoring Agreement Term

No long-term contract

Repairs or Replacement Charges

Base device is up to $500 to replace but they do offer an extended warranty. 
Cancellation Policy & Discounts
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Cancel at Any Time

Yes, but you must return the equipment at your expense.

Senior Discount

No

Other Discounts

Refer a friend and receive a free month
Equipment
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Approximate Button Range in Typical Home

Button range is approximately 600 ft

Watch/Button Battery Life

Battery is automatically monitored. The battery life is typically 3-5 years. 

What Happens if I Lose Power

24 hours of backup battery if the power goes out

Is the Watch/Button Waterproof

Yes

How Can The Button Be Worn

Neck or wrist

UL Certified Equipment

Yes

Does The System Automatically Test Itself To The Monitoring Center

ResponseLINK asks users to test once a month. If they do not receive a monthly test, they will call to remind you.

24 Hour Technical & Customer Support

Customer Service is open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm EST
Monitoring Station
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TMA (CSAA) Five Diamond Certified Monitoring Center

No

Typical Response Time When Button Pressed

Approximately 30-60 seconds
Other Options & Information
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How Fast Does System Ship

Orders usually ship the same day. It takes approximately 1-5 business days for the free shipping option. 

Do You Need Separate Systems For Mom & Dad

No. It would be an additional $5.00 per month
Optional Advanced Features
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Activity or Inactivity Monitoring

No

Senior Fall Detection

Yes

Cellular or No Phone Line

Yes

Non-GPS Mobile Alert System For Protection On The Go

No

Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Protection

No

GPS Medical Alert Tracking System

Yes
Special Offers
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Special Offers For Our Visitors

None at this time


Monthly Costs & Fees 

Response Link’s Classic Medical Alert system (requires a land-line) has one of the lowest price points on the market for similar products when paying semi-annually or annually. Their other product offers are also extremely competitively priced. With no long-term contracts, equipment fees and free shipping, it makes Response Link very affordable to try. Please note, we did not see an option to pay monthly on their services.  

ResponseLINK System Cost Per Month if Paid Quarterly Cost Per Month if Paid Semi-Annually Cost Per Month if Paid Annually Shipping & Equipment fees
Classic Medical Alert $25.95 $22.95 $19.95 $0.00
Mobile Medical Alert  $36.95 $33.95 $30.95 $0.00
Fall Detection Medical Alert $36.95 $33.95 $30.95 $0.00


What We Like About ResponseLINK

Flexible Monitoring Agreement - You can cancel at any time without penalty. Make sure to promptly return the equipment

Fall Detector Option – Many seniors are at risk of falling in their home. Automatic fall detection gives families peace of mind that if a fall does occur, then the system will detect it and call for help automatically.

No Phone Line/Cellular Option - Since not every household has a traditional telephone line, having a reliable no-phone line option is a must.

Mobile GEO Location Option - For seniors or even young children on the go, this may be an important option for you. Take your medical alert protection out of the house and use it wherever you go.

Advanced Payment Discounts- You will receive a discount on the medical alert services if you decide to pay semi-annually or annually. This can save you over $70 a year.

What We Dislike About ResponseLINK

No TMA (CSAA) Five Diamond Monitoring Center - This is an important certification that requires an annual renewal with The Monitoring Association, which shows a commitment to a higher level of service. The center is tested to be sure the monitoring is up to the highest standards set by the association.

No Automatic Tests - System's console does not automatically test periodically to the monitoring station. This is not a deal breaker, however it means you or your loved one will have to manually test the system at least twice a month to be sure the system is working properly.

No Activity Monitoring - Activity monitoring typically requires the user to check in with the system by pressing a button once every 24 hours. It can also use more advanced features like bed sensors, motion sensors and door contacts to report discrepancies in normal daily routines. This is very beneficial as it allows you to know that your loved one is active and about each day.

No Pill Reminder Option - Having the system remind you of when to take medication is a nice feature, although not required by all. Many of these services have the main unit console provide some sort of beep reminder on regular interval to remind you of when to take your medication. The downside to this option is that it will not tell you what or how much medication to take.

No Carbon Monoxide or Smoke Detection - Both are important features to have in your home and monitored devices like Response Link can provide more protection by offering this feature.

What Others Are Saying About ResponseLINK

Response Link is not a BBB accredited business. They do have an "A" Better Business Bureau rating at the time of this review, as opposed to an "A+," for failure to be transparent about ownership, location, or products/services offered. Currently there are no complaints on file with the BBB.

Finding reviews on Response Link has been scarce. However, we did find a few user comments on review sites about their refund policy. One previous user noted that if you cancel even one day into the billing cycle, they will not prorate the month and you will be charged for that full month. We do not find this practice out of the ordinary.

Others complained about their sales staff being helpful and friendly when you are a prospective customer but when you want to cancel, they change their tune. There were a few reports of having difficulties cancelling the service.


Bottom Line 

ResponseLINK is not a newcomer to the medical alert monitoring industry, in fact, they have been in the medical alert business for over 30 years. They offer straightforward monitoring options and payment plans. We like that they offer advanced payment discounts; however we did not see an option to pay monthly as that may be the most feasible for more people. They have both in-home traditional systems and mobile on-the-go with an automatic fall detection package.

It’s nice to see that ResponseLINK does not have any long-term monitoring agreements, a 30-day money back policy and free shipping. We would love to see activity monitoring, medication reminders and/or carbon monoxide and smoke detection options available for their customers.

We like that their monitoring centers are based in the U.S and have EMT trained operators who can speak multiple languages. However, we do prefer companies that monitor their own accounts in their own TMA (CSAA) 5-Diamond monitoring centers.

When you call ResponseLINK, they will ask you for your first and last name. The customer service representative was very knowledgeable about the product and not pushy; however, she did ask for our email address to further market to. Please note that the customer service center is not open on the weekends so if you have questions or would like to sign-up over the phone, you will have to call during regular business hours.

Although our experience with this company had these results, your experience may be different. If you're interested in this company's services, contact them to judge for yourself.

Modified: 2018-12-11