ResponseLINK Review

ResponseLink Fall Detection


Who is ResponseLink?

ResponseLINK is based in Williamsport PA and has been in the medical alert industry for over 30 years. All of their call centers are based in the U.S., have multilingual certified EMT call center technicians to help you 24 hours a day and are TMA 5-Diamond Certified. ResponseLINK will stay on the phone until help arrives. Even if you can't speak, they will ensure help will arrive. They claim to have served Response Link systems to over 100,000 Americans to date. *Note - Alert1 and Modern Senior Magazine and ResponseLINK are related companies.

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.

There are three system packages that ResponseLINK offers:

1. In-Home Medical Alert System: 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. Install your system by connecting your telephone line and plugging it into your wall outlet and it should be ready to use. Be sure to test your system to be sure it's communicating with the monitoring center once complete. You can push the button on your pendant anytime you need help and a trained medical alert response agent will respond accordingly. Per ResponseLINK, the pendant has a 600 foot range from the base station. 

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. They also state that it has a 600 ft. range from the base station. 

3. Mobile Alert System: On-the-go coverage with Geolocation services. It provides two-way communication with patented 911 location technology and has up to a 30-day battery life from a single charge. The system is powered by the Verizon cellular network.



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. Monitoring centers are TMA 5-Diamond Certified. "Smart" self-testing for the Mobile Alert System. Discount if you pay 10 months in advance. 


Cons

No pill reminder, carbon monoxide, or smoke detector options available. No automatic testing for the in-home systems. Activation fee for monthly payment option.


Rating: 3.5



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Pros & Cons To Consider

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Cost for Equipment

Free rental equipment with free ground shipping. There is a $19.95 activation fee if you choose to pay monthly. That fee is waived if you pay in advance.

Cost Per Month

Medical alert systems start at $19.95 per month if you pay 10 months in advance. 

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

Low battery is monitored and the battery life is typically 3-5 years for the in-home system.

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. The Mobile Alert System does however self-test to ensure it is working properly.

24 Hour Technical & Customer Support

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

Yes

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 In-Home Medical Alert System (requires a landline) has one of the lowest price points on the market for similar products when paying in advance. 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 keep in mind that there is a small activation fee if you choose to pay monthly. The free shipping option takes 1-5 business days for the system to arrive. If you need express shipping, it will cost you $19.95 for 2-day shipping and $59.95 for next business day. Please note, we did not see an option to pay monthly on their services.

ResponseLINK System Cost Per Month if Paid Monthly Cost Per Month if Paying 10 Months in Advance Activation Fee if Paying Monthly Shipping & Equipment fees
In-Home Medical Alert $28.95 $19.95 $19.95 $0.00
Mobile Medical Alert $45.95 $36.95 $19.95 $0.00
Fall Detection Medical Alert $36.95 $27.95 $19.95 $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. Once they receive the system back, they will cancel your service.

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.

Advance Payment Discount - You will receive a discount on the medical alert services if you decide to pay 10 months in advance. 

TMA 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.

What We Dislike About ResponseLINK

No Automatic Tests - The In-Home system's console does not automatically test periodically to the monitoring station. This 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 by pressing the button on the pendant. This is the way to fully test the system from the pendant to the monitoring center. The Mobile Alert System does self-test but you should test the system manually each month (at a minimum), as well.

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.

Activation Fee - If you are not planning on paying for your medical alert service at least 10 months in advance, you will have to pay a small one-time activation fee.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is ResponseLINK the cheapest medical alert system?
It can be difficult to compare pricing on medical alert systems since they all offer different features, however for the ResponseLINK basic in-home medical alert device, when paid in advance, $19.95 per month is one of the lowest prices we have seen.

What is the average cost of a medical alert system?
On average for a basic in-home medical alert system you can expect to pay anywhere from $19.95 to $29.95 per month.

Can I cancel my ResponseLink medical alert service at anytime?
Yes, you can call to cancel your ResponseLink service, however you will be asked to ship back the equipment.

Is the ResponseLink Monitoring Center 5 Diamond Certified?
Yes. ResponseLink’s medical alert response call center is 5 Diamond Certified.

Does ResponseLink have automatic fall detection?
Yes. ResponseLink includes automatic fall detection when you sign up for their Fall Detection Medical Alert system.

 

What Others Are Saying About ResponseLINK

You will find ResponseLINK listed as an "alternate business name" under Alert1 on the BBB website. They are accredited with the BBB and have an "A" Better Business Bureau rating at the time of this review.

Finding reviews on ResponseLINK 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 advance payment discounts and recently added a monthly payment option. They also added an activation fee for those who are paying monthly but it is nominal. 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 available who can speak multiple languages. Their monitoring centers are also 5-Diamond Certified which gives added peace of mind to help ensure the highest level of monitoring service.

We had a pleasant call experience with ResponseLINK. When you call ResponseLINK, they will ask you for name but will not push you for further details. The customer service representative was very knowledgeable about the product and not pushy. 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: 2021-05-21