The Best Wireless Caregiver Pager (Review 2020)

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CallToU Wireless Caregiver Pager System

Top Pick
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This system from CallToU contains two pagers and three receivers, ideal for larger homes and homes with multiple caregivers. The receivers have adjustable volume levels from 0 to 110 decibels, and users can select from 55 distinct ringtones. That last feature is an especially nice touch—when a certain ringtone gets too annoying, you can always swap it out with something more tolerable.

The pagers are water resistant and come with neck straps and double-sided stickers. The pairing process is simple, and the system can be expanded with additional pagers and receivers as needed. Overall, this is a flexible, powerful pager system at a great price.

Key Features

  • Includes three receivers and two pagers (call buttons)
  • Receivers have 55 ringtones
  • Operating range of up to 500 feet
  • Volume is adjustable from 0 to 110 decibels
  • Receivers require AC power
  • Pagers require 12-volt 23A batteries (included)

Specifications

  • Brand: CallToU

Pros

  • Simple and cost-effective option with decent range
  • Ringtone options prevent alarms from becoming annoying
  • Loud speaker ensures that receiver can be heard throughout a home

Cons

  • Some users report intermittent issues with pagers in larger homes
  • Receivers must be plugged into an outlet to function

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Daytech Wireless Caregiver Pager

Honorable Mention
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Daytech’s personal call system is similar in features to the aforementioned CallToU system, with 55 selectable ringtones, an 800-foot range, and a maximum volume of 110 decibels. This kit contains three receivers and three pagers, which might be advantageous for some buyers. The receivers also have a nightlight function, triggered by holding the middle button for five seconds.

One minor issue is the included lanyard, which attaches over the pager’s battery compartment. Wearing the lanyard pulls on the battery covering and occasionally causes the battery to pop out, preventing the button from working. This can be fixed easily with a bit of duct tape, and it’s a mild inconvenience; overall, the system is well designed with high-quality components.

Key Features

  • 800-foot range in open areas
  • Five volume levels, adjustable up to 110 decibels
  • Includes three pagers and three receivers
  • IPX5 waterproof push/call buttons
  • Nightlight feature and LED alarm indicator
  • Pagers require 12-volt 23A batteries (included)

Specifications

  • Brand: Daytech

Pros

  • Contains three buttons and three transmitters at a great price
  • Sufficient range for small- to medium-sized homes
  • Adjustable volume levels with variety of ringtone options

Cons

  • Lanyard is poorly implemented
  • May not work well in large homes with multiple levels
  • Receivers must be plugged into an outlet and have no battery backup

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Joysae Wireless Caregiver Pager Alert System

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This system from JOYSAE contains three transmitters and three receivers, and users can expand the system with up to 20 receivers (we’re not sure why that would be necessary, but hey, additional flexibility is always helpful). One of the included pager buttons is designated as a “panic button” and has a thin, doorbell-like design, but works the same as the other buttons. Choose from 52 ringtones, which can be customized for each receiver.  

JOYSAE receivers are slightly larger and bulkier than some of the other receivers we’ve researched, which can create an issue if you’ve got limited outlet space. However, the receiver is certainly loud enough to grab the user’s attention, as the max volume of 110 decibels is on par with most of the other caregiver pager systems on this list.

Key Features

  • Contains two button transmitters, one “panic button” transmitter, and three receivers
  • Buttons can pair with any number of receivers
  • 52 ringtone options
  • 500+ foot range
  • Buttons are IP55 waterproof
  • Each receiver can work with up to 20 pager buttons
  • Pagers require 12-volt 23A batteries (included)

Specifications

  • Brand: JOYSAE

Pros

  • Versatile system that can be expanded as needed
  • Loud transmitters are easy to set up
  • Decent number of ringtone options

Cons

  • Receiver is large and takes up excessive outlet space
  • Some users reported LED flashing light is dim
  • Receiver requires an outlet to function and has no battery backup

4
Home Guardian Live Saving Medical Alert System

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Medical Guardian’s call button system is intended for use in emergencies as the pager contacts a 24/7 monitoring service center. Live operators determine whether emergency services are warranted, though users can also choose to be put in contact with their caregivers. It operates through a pre-existing landline, which could be unideal for those who have switched to mobile only. Additionally, the Medical Alert service carries a monthly service charge, but that could be a small price to pay for some to ensure peace of mind for older adults who live on their own

The waterproof call button can be worn as a pendant or around the wrist, and has a 1,300-foot range from the base station. A built-in battery backup ensures there will still be service in case of a power outage.

Key Features

  • 1,300-foot range from help button to base station
  • Emergency button can be worn on a lanyard or with included watch strap
  • Operates through landline
  • Medical alert bracelet/pendant is waterproof
  • Offers immediate access to 24/7 monitoring network
  • Includes one month of free monitoring service

Specifications

  • Brand: Medical Guardian

Pros

  • Excellent option for older adults who live on their own
  • Offers 32 hours of backup battery protection
  • Monitoring service can contact emergency responders if necessary

Cons

  • Low-cost hardware, but requires monthly fee
  • Not ideal for older adults who live with caregivers
  • Setup can be complicated compared with other options

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CallToU Caregiver Pager Wireless Smart Call Button

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This pager system includes a wristwatch pager/receiver, which vibrates or gives an audible signal when either of the two call buttons are pressed. It’s a novel alternative to a loud intercom-like receiver, and potentially advantageous for some users, but the wristwatch isn’t exactly intuitive, and it requires recharging every few days to operate effectively. The call buttons are well-made, water resistant, and easy to use. The system has a working distance of up to 500 feet, and the silent alarm function is certainly a major consideration for households with young children.

Key Features

  • Package contains one wrist pager, two call buttons, and double-sided adhesive tape
  • Wrist pager has built-in watch and can connect with multiple call buttons
  • 500+ foot operation in open air
  • IP55 waterproof buttons
  • Pagers require 12V 23A batteries (included)

Specifications

  • Brand: CallToU

Pros

  • Wristwatch pager allows for silent notifications
  • Removes need for multiple receivers
  • Vibrating alarm only a nice option to have

Cons

  • Wristwatch features aren’t intuitive
  • Product manual is poorly written and not especially helpful

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Bitiwend Door Chime And Caregiver Pager

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While this system is primarily marketed as a wireless doorbell, doorbells basically have the same functionality as caregiver pagers—and given the low price tag, lifetime warranty, and 1000-foot range, this is a capable option for giving older adults some freedom and security. 

The default audio cue is a door chime, but you can choose from 52 sounds (including some musical options). The call button comes with a lanyard, and while it doesn’t glow in the dark, it lights up when pressed. The system has a simple setup process and offers four volume levels. We’d have preferred more volume options, but given the budget-friendly price, it’s hard to complain.

Key Features

  • Includes lanyard for use as a caregiver pager
  • 52 chime options and 4 volume levels
  • Range of up to 1000 feet
  • Can be expanded with additional pagers or receivers
  • Button is IP55 waterproof
  • Requires one AAA battery (included)
  • Manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty

Specifications

  • Brand: Bitiwend

Pros

  • Inexpensive option with plenty of high-end features
  • Range of up to 1000 feet
  • Can label pager

Cons

  • Limited volume settings and no silent option
  • Marketed as a door chime (and looks the part)

Caregiver pagers can provide older adults with security and freedom, and in an emergency, these simple tools can literally save lives. Here are a few key considerations to keep in mind when choosing a paging system.

Monitoring Services

Some pager systems connect with 24/7 monitoring services, which can call in emergency personnel if the user needs them. These systems typically carry additional monthly charges, but they can be a worthwhile investment for older adults who live alone or who have high fall risks.

Systems that don’t have built-in monitoring services are often more appropriate (and much less expensive) options for individuals living with family members. With these systems, when the user presses a button, a receiver lights up and makes a noise; the caregiver knows that the user needs assistance. They essentially work like doorbells—and, in fact, some are also marketed as doorbells.

Even so, while local systems aren’t as technically complex as monitored systems, they’re effective solutions for improving communication between caregivers and older adults. 

Other Features

Consider practical features that might add functionality to your pager system. Many options have water-resistant components, which can be important if the user needs assistance while bathing.

Water resistance is typically rated with an Ingress Protection (IP) code; at minimum, a water-resistant system should be IPX5 rated, which indicates that the device can withstand a steady stream of water from any direction. Higher ratings indicate more water resistance. An IPX7 device can be immersed in up to 1 meter of liquid, while an IPX8 device can be immersed beyond 1 meter.

In addition to water resistance, consider whether the pager buttons have lights that could help older adults find them in dark rooms. Look at battery types, outlet requirements, and anything else that could affect the system’s functionality. We’d also recommend reading about return policies, particularly if you’re investing in a monitored system.

Buying for Others

This might seem somewhat obvious, but if you’re purchasing a caregiver pager for a family member or friend, talk to them first.

Some older adults may feel insulted when receiving a pager as a gift—even if the giver has good intentions—so explain to them why the system will be helpful (if they’re currently yelling between rooms to get your attention every few minutes, this shouldn’t be a difficult conversation).

Discuss features, functionality, and style to choose a pager that works for everyone involved. A caregiver pager can provide peace of mind, but a bit of planning will help you get the most from the system without any unnecessary awkwardness.

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