Only “On-The-Go” Medical Alert System recommended by the NY Times (August, 2023)
Rated “Best for Fall Detection” by other top review sites
Works independently—no need to pair with a cell phone, base station, pendant or any other device
Goes where you go—from bed to shower to out shopping to around the country. Get help anywhere with GPS tracking.
Patented rechargeable battery system so you never have to take your watch off to charge—easily swap out the batteries while the watch stays on your wrist.
30-day money back guarantee and price lock guarantee – your rate will never go up
Works out of the box - no set-up required
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in an emergency—say I fall or my loved one falls? Where does the alert go? 911?
With the Kanega Watch, you have 3 ways to get help in an emergency–button, voice and fall detection. All these alerts go to our US-based 24/7 monitoring center. The agent who receives that alert will try and speak to the wearer through the watch. The agent will say “Hi, this is X from UnaliWear, do you need help?”
If the wearer is responsive, the wearer can speak to the agent and direct whatever care is needed; from “call my neighbor to help me off the floor” to “call EMS, Police or Fire” or even “call my daughter and have her come over to get the blankets from the top of the closet” (this really happened). The agent does what the wearer asks.
If the wearer is not responsive, the agent will call the wearer’s phone number and, if there is no response, immediately call the first listed emergency contact (as listed in the wearer’s profile) – we recommend that is someone who lives nearby. The agent will say “Hi this is X from UnaliWear. We just received an alert from (wearer) and (wearer) is not responding. Are you able to check on (wearer)?” Note: It’s not infrequent where the emergency contact is in the same house as the wearer and didn’t know the wearer had fallen in the garage.
If the answer is no or if no emergency contacts answer the call, the agent will dispatch local emergency services to the wearer’s location. The agent has the same access to EMS as 911 does, so it is not an extra call to 911, so it saves a step. In addition, the agent can also provide EMS with the wearer’s medical info—such as medicine allergies, health conditions, etc.; and, if the wearer is home, can even provide spare key location or lock box info, so EMS does not have to break down the door. This ensures the EMS response can be faster and more informed than a generic 911 dispatch.
If EMS is dispatched, the agent will inform all the emergency contacts via phone of what has taken place. Note that our monitoring center agents call from the same phone number, so the wearer and all emergency contacts can add this number to their phone contact list, so they know it is not spam.
The watch looks a bit big in the pictures, is that true in real life?
It is not a dainty watch, for sure. The actual watch face is about the size of an Apple Watch. The size difference really comes from the watch band, which is about an inch across, to accommodate the rechargeable batteries. Note it is not a heavy watch—it weighs about the same as two slices of bread. Our wearers prefer a slightly thicker band to a neck pendant or other options that must be taken off regularly to charge (which then may not be put back on).
In addition, once you order, we will collect the wearer’s specific wrist size measurements, to attach the correct sized back band of the watch to match the wearer (the back band comes in S, M, L and XL and can fit wrists as small as 5 inches in circumference). The watch band can be further adjusted for the person’s wrist once received, so that it fits perfectly.
How often do you have to change the batteries?
Every 24-36 hours. We recommend our wearers make a daily habit of changing their batteries, like they do with brushing their teeth.
Is it easy to charge the rechargeable batteries?
Very easy. It is quick and simple to swap the batteries in the watch band for the batteries in the charger. The batteries are about 1 inch square, so they are designed for people with limited dexterity. While we have many wearers in their 60s and 70s (and even younger), our oldest wearer is currently 103, and she has been changing her batteries regularly for years with no issues.
Do the pricing plans include the watch, charger and rechargeable batteries?
Yes. Both plans are all-inclusive. You don't actually buy the watch or other equipment. You buy the service, and all equipment comes with the service. The service is all-inclusive—24/7 access to live agents through your watch, Verizon cell data plan on the watch, fall detection, a price-lock guarantee, medication reminders and other key features. You also do not sign a contract, so you are not locked in. Whenever you want to stop the service, simply return the equipment back to us in good working condition and we will stop your service and issue whatever prorated refund you are owed (Annual Plans get a prorated refund on all full months of unused service based on when the equipment is returned back to our facility).
Do I need to be a Verizon customer to get the Kanega Watch?
No. The Verizon cellular data plan on the watch is part of the watch service and not tied to your cell phone account or makes you a direct customer of Verizon.
How do the pricing plan options work?
Both our Annual and Monthly Plans come with a one-time set-up fee and an ongoing monthly service fee. The Annual Plan is discounted because you are choosing to pay upfront every year you keep the watch and service. So, for The Annual Plan, the all-in cost for the first year is $918 ($199 set-up + $59.95/month for 12 months upfront). For the Monthly Plan, you pay a non-discounted rate for the set-up fee of $299 and a non-discounted rate for the monthly service of $69.95. Thus, the upfront payment for the Monthly Plan is $368 (299+$69.95) and then $69.95 for every month afterwards that you keep the watch and service. As a reminder, both plans come with a price-lock guarantee, meaning your rate will never go up as long as you keep the watch and service active.
Isn’t the Kanega Watch more expensive than other medical alert systems?
While our offering can be a bit more expensive than other all-in-one medical alert wearables, those offerings rely on older pendant-based technology that can be very clunky and stigmatizing to wear around your neck (or can be worn on the wrist but doesn’t include fall detection). Note also that traditional medical alert devices are only worn about 30% of the time; and rarely at night when people can be most vulnerable. Alternatively, close to 90% of Kanega Watch wearers wear it round the clock. Thus, our wearers are getting much more protection and value from their Kanega Watch than the medical alert alternatives. We also provide discounts to AARP members, members of retired military
families, as well as for couples wishing to both get Kanega Watches. Please ask us about those opportunities if you would like to learn more.
In addition, the Kanega Watch is the only device on the market with RealFall™fall detection technology. Based on real falls by real people (other fall detection technology is actually based on fake or predictive falls) and gets smarter over time.
Finally, when you are comparing prices of all-in-one medical alert devices, make sure you are doing an apples-to-apples comparison. Pricing plans for the Kanega Watch are all inclusive. Other companies charge more for fall detection (if they even offer it), a cellular data plan, a price lock guarantee, tax, shipping, etc.
What if I don’t like the Kanega Watch when I get it?
Both plans come with a 30-day full money back guarantee, starting from the date of shipment to the date of return. Simply return the equipment back to us in good condition and we’ll refund your entire purchase price (note that if you choose to pay for faster shipping to receive your watch kit vs. our standard free FedEx Ground, that is not refundable).
In addition, while the watch works out-of-the-box with no set up required on your part, we have a personal on-boarding call with each new wearer to answer any questions and make whatever adjustments to the watch the wearer would like (such as increasing or decreasing the sensitivity of the fall detection and voice activation alerts) to ensure the watch fits each wearer’s particular needs and lifestyle.
What if I want to return the watch after the first 30 days?
Returning the equipment in good working order stops your service and, for Monthly Plans, you will no longer be charged an ongoing monthly service fee. For Annual Plans, you will receive a prorated refund on all your full months of unused service that you paid upfront for but did not use.
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What People are Saying
AMAZING customer service
The watch works amazingly well, and the response is almost instant. The best is the AMAZING customer service. It is prompt, polite, professional, and attentive. I wouldn’t have any other system, and I can wear it 24 hours a day.
Dedicated to the well-being of their customers
UnaliWear customer service is beyond excellent. The customer service I receive with my Kanega watch is the result of a company culture that is dedicated to the well-being of their customers.
I've loved it since I put it on
My daughter-in-law found the Kanega watch for me. I’ve loved it since I put it on. I have Cerebral Palsy, and I live alone. Falls have become more frequent in recent years. Now that I have the watch, my kids are far less worried. I love keeping it on night and day, even in the shower.
A real human checks in
It works about anywhere with both wifi and cellular — and Verizon service is included. A real human checks in as if by phone after a fall, a button press, or a voice command and false alarms are easy to dismiss. The company will also increase/decrease the sensitivity of any band on request.
A great alternative to an Apple Watch
A great alternative to an Apple Watch designed specifically for seniors. I have been very pleased with my watch so far. It is a reasonably priced way to ensure that someone left alone for many hours in the day is still connected to the outside world to maintain his safety.
Operated just like my cell phone
I unfortunately live in a dead cell zone on the coast and both my landline and cell signals are degraded for various reasons. The Kanega watch was the only product I found that operated just like my cell phone – using my WiFi signal and home and cell service when I am out and about.
How can any one in 2023 not get this?
Did a lot of research including the Apple Watch which, while appealing, had a number of drawbacks including the fact it connects directly to 911 not a service. Finally found the Kanega which had distinct advantages.
1) Does not come off, just snap in the recharged batteries and snap the others in the charger.
2) Connects to a service not 911…
3) Waterproof. How can any one in 2023 not get this?
Nice looking, easy to use, reliable for fall detection
After an exhaustive search for exactly the right thing for us, and something he would wear, we were happy to find the Kanega watch by UnaliWear… Nice looking, easy to use, reliable for fall detection, and comfortable to wear! And the customer service is amazing.
Greater confidence in the product
My mother has had one fall since having the watch. The watch detected the fall. Fortunately she was not seriously hurt and we didn’t have to get help but it brought her, and us greater confidence in the product.
I really love my Kanega Watch
I really love my Kanega Watch. I never have to take it off, which is really comforting, and I don’t have to look like an old person with an alert device around my neck.
My 93 year old father wandered into the garage at 2:30 am. one night. The lights went out and he fell. Thank goodness he was wearing his Kanega Watch. We immediately received a call that he had fallen.
I had tried another Medical Alert device, but it only worked within my property line and was expensive for what it did (or didn’t) do. I sent it back and spent the next several years looking into other devices.
Best medical device
I looked for a long time for a medical device that was not a necklace. This Kanega Watch works great and the best part is the staff. **************** is awesome, best I have seen anyway. They truly care about your situation and your experience.
Immediately connects to a US-based response operator 24/7/365 who knows your name, address, location, emergency contacts and other key info in your account.
Auto Fall Detection
Alerts the operator (even if you can’t press or speak) who will promptly reach out to your emergency contacts and can dispatch emergency services to your GPS location.
The Help You Need
Your response operator is trained to quickly determine and engage the appropriate support needed – ambulance, fire, police or simply contacting a family member or neighbor. Your stand-by assistance is always there.
UnaliWear’s patented RealFall™ technology is based on actual fall data from Kanega Watch wearers and gets smarter about each wearer’s personal movements over time— continuously improving fall detection accuracy and limiting/eliminating false alerts. No other medical alert system offers this real fall/related movement learning and continuous improvement technology. Click here to learn more.