16 Jan 23

The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Alarms [Updated 2023]

MePACS Team | Healthcare Tips , Product Tips

When you’re out and about doing your shopping, meeting friends, or on holiday, the thought of a medical emergency isn’t always the first thing to cross your mind.

Having a monitored personal mobile alarm can make all the difference when you need a fast emergency response.

MePACS Mobile Alarms are ideal for seniors and people living with disability, chronic health conditions or a compromised immune system. With a monitored mobile alarm system, help is available from our 24/7 emergency response team at the press of a button – at any time of the day or night.

Getting help quickly, can potentially reduce the severity of injury, time spent recovering in hospital and the impact on your confidence to continue living independently.

In this guide, we’re going to explain everything there is to know about this vital mobile medical alert system – including features, benefits, funding options and consumer reviews. Read on to find out more!

Prefer a conversation about mobile alarms? Call our friendly team on 1800 685 329.


Skip to a section in our Mobile Alarm Guide

What are Mobile Alarms for the elderly?
How do Mobile Medical Alarms work?
Mobile Alarm Systems in Australia
Where to buy a Mobile Alarm?
Funding options for Mobile Alarm Systems in Australia
What are the benefits of a monitored, Mobile Panic Alarm?
Types of Mobile Panic Alarm installation
What is the best Mobile Alarm for the elderly?


What are Mobile Alarms for the elderly?

Mobile alarms are small, lightweight and convenient safety devices worn on your person. In the event of a medical emergency or a fall, pressing the button on the medical alarm either contacts friends and family or a 24/7 emergency response service, depending on the type of mobile alarm you have.


How do Mobile Medical Alarms work?

With just one press of the button on a mobile alarm, signalling for help in a medical emergency is easy and efficient.

There are two types of personal alarms systems:

1) A fully monitored personal alarm service allows the wearer to receive guaranteed fast emergency assistance from a professionally trained response team 24/7.

2) A pre-programmed device alerts a family member, close friend or neighbour to respond when they can which has been signalled to them via an automated system.

A fully monitored service offers response guaranteed every time, but with a pre-programmed alarm you have to rely on your family to respond and they may not always be available the moment you need them.

With a 24/7 mobile medical alarm service like MePACS, help is only one press of a button away.

Within 2 minutes, a trained professional from our response team answers, assesses the situation and calls the most necessary help on your behalf, whether that is a family member or an ambulance.

MePACS offer a range of alarms to suit different lifestyles.

Because the MePACS Mobile Alarm has GPS technology and voice-to-voice-contact through the mobile unit, the MePACS response team can also determine the type of help needed, and the location that help needs to be sent to.

We can also prioritise this response to emergency services, ensuring an ambulance is on the way as soon as possible.

This is just one benefit of a personalised monitored medical alert system – we guarantee that a real person is looking out for your safety and well-being 24/7.

Read more about MePACS Mobile Alarms with Fall Detection


Mobile Alarm Systems in Australia

Do you love going out and about in your community or are usually a frequent traveller?

The MePACS Mobile Alarm is the perfect size and weight to be portable, whether you wear it for a short trip down to the shops or on holiday around Australia.

Worn on a safety lanyard around your neck or on a belt clip, the device has in-built GPS technology to determine your exact location in seconds, allowing the MePACS team to prioritise your signal for help with paramedics and significantly reduce the time it takes for them to arrive.

<<< Click the image to find out more about our Home and Mobile Alarm Bundle

MePACS Home and Mobile Alarm Bundle is ideal for seniors or people with a disability who may be prone to falls, recovering from surgery or frequently feel unwell due to an ongoing medical condition. At the press of their MePACS pendant, help is available from our response team at anytime of the day or night.

With automatic fall detection now on the MePACS Mobile Alarm and a dedicated response team of trained professionals guaranteed to answer within 2 minutes, our clients know they can rely on MePACS to call for the right help fast.

Find out more about MePACS Mobile Alarms or call 1800 685 329


Where to buy a Mobile Panic Alarm?

Mobile medical alert pendants aren’t usually available to buy at retail or hardware stores, but rather through personal alarm providers like MePACS.

If you’d like to buy a MePACS Mobile Alarm as a senior or NDIS self-managed client, we have a dedicated online form to ensure the sales process is smooth and seamless for everyone.

We also have online forms for professional care providers to fill out on behalf of their clients:

Home Care Providers NDIS Support Coordinators Health Care Professionals

Funding options for Mobile Alarm Systems in Australia

Aside from purchasing a MePACS alarm privately, there are a number of government funding options available for our clients, including Home Care Packages and funding from the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). These are available for eligible Australians to assist with various aspects of independent living, such as affording mobile alarm systems that make it easier to get help in a medical emergency or after a fall.

Home Care Packages for Seniors (65+)

A Home Care Package refers to funding allocated by the federal government to seniors for services that can help them stay at home for longer.

These services vary depending on the care and support required by the individual, but are ultimately designed for those with more needs than what a Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) can provide.

Funding for a Home Care Package is offered in the form of a code, which can be taken to an approved provider that can help organise how the money will be spent on certain services; primarily those that benefit senior health and wellbeing at home and out in the community.

While Home Care Packages offer more choice and flexibility, there are a fixed number available nationally each year and recipients may have to wait until one has been assigned to them, unless they have high care needs that must be prioritised.

To apply for a Home Care Package in Australia, you can call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or apply for an assessment online. You can complete the online application yourself or on behalf of a family member or friend, and it will only take about 15-20 minutes.

National Disability Insurance Scheme for people living with a disability (18-64 years old)

Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), eligible people living with disabilities can receive funding to afford, coordinate and access the support they need to improve their life skills and independence.

NDIS funding is provided through certain categories, one of which is capital support.

Capital supports help NDIS participants afford necessary equipment, home or vehicle modifications and assistive technologies.

Assistive technologies like a MePACS mobile medical alarm enable people living with disabilities to be an active participant in the community and communicate with other people, process information and complete daily tasks.

With a personal alarm for the home and a mobile alarm for out and about, NDIS participants can benefit significantly from the 24/7 emergency response service, which is responded to by trained professionals and answered within two minutes of someone pressing the button on their MePACS alarm.


What are the benefits of a monitored, mobile alert pendant?

Looking out for your safety is an absolute priority, so making sure a mobile medical alarm is easy to use is often the first thing to consider. It can also help to make a list about what you value or what features would suit your medical condition.

At MePACS, we assist our clients to make an informed decision about what they want from a personal alarm, and how it can benefit their lifestyle.

So what are the benefits of a personal mobile alarm?

  1. 24/7 Response – to ensure the quickest response when you need help, any time of the day or night.
  2. Automatic Fall detection– to safeguard you if you have a fall or faint, with an automatic alert sent to a response centre or contacts
  3. GPS technology– so help can get to your exact location as soon as possible
  4. Voice-to-voice communication– talk to a trained professional in emergency response, who will make sure you get the right help you need
  5. Lightweight design– so it’s comfortable to wear all day long
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Types of Mobile Panic Alarm installation

Mobile medical alert systems are installed by a professional technician or through self-installation.

Self-installation is relatively simple and can be done by yourself, a friend, relative or carer, with guidance over the phone from a member of our lovely Help Desk team.

For our clients in Victoria, Sydney & Brisbane* professional installation by a technician is available for an additional fee of $140 including GST.

*Price is for metro areas and surrounds.  Regional areas may cost more based on the location and a quote can be provided.subject to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in each state. For additional locations to those above, please contact us on 1800 685 329.

Have a question for the MePACS team? Send us an enquiry through our ‘Contact Form’ in the main menu.


What is the best Mobile Alarm for the elderly?

The best mobile alert button for the elderly is the one that suits your health condition or senior lifestyle.

However, personal mobile alarms monitored by a response service are the safest, as you know that a real person is guaranteed to answer and check on your well-being.

A MePACS personal alarm can help you, your loved one, your client or someone you know feel safer and more independent at home and away. For more information, call 1800 685 329 or Join Now