The population of the UK is ageing rapidly. In the current climate, personal alarms for the elderly have become a necessity to help keep our aging loved ones safe. Many elderly people want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible meaning there are a large number of elderly people living alone. Even if you live with your elderly loved ones, it is almost impossible to keep an eye on them at all times. It is also doubtful that your loved one would want to be constantly watched! A personal alarm helps elderly people to maintain their independence and privacy for as long as possible, whilst offering them the ability to gain assistance if necessary.
Careline Alarms – A Brief History
The origin of careline alarms can be traced back to the 1970s when Wilhelm Hormann of Germany developed a home medical alert system with a vision to help the elderly, the sick and the disabled. As technology evolved, these careline alarms became smarter and more helpful.
In 1975, a telephone company offered an emergency phone system which helped a user to make several phone calls with just a button press, in case of an emergency. The system was offered with a pendant emergency button which could be pressed should the wearer fall, become ill or find themselves in an emergency situation. The phone would then dial a series of preprogrammed numbers in order to raise the alert. This was the first personal alarm system that resembled the personal alarms of today.
Careline Alarms – The Current Options
Since the first personal alarm system was created, technology has continued to evolve allowing more advanced personal alarms for the elderly to be created. There are a wide range of personal alarms available on the market, with a range of different functions for different circumstances. The durability, quality, and functionality of a careline alarm depends on the provider, therefore users should be very careful when choosing a provider from which to purchase a personal alarm system.
SureSafe is one of the top-providers of personal safety alarms for the elderly in the UK. We offer superior-quality careline alarms that are self-install, easy-to-use, and are packed full of handy features and benefits. We provide a variety of personal alarms for the elderly, with options for a range of lifestyles and circumstances. Some of the personal alarm options we provide are detailed below.
Fall Detection Alarms
Fall Detection Alarms are quickly becoming one of the most popular choices for a personal alarm. They contain highly functional inbuilt sensors that are triggered upon detection of a fall. They do this by measuring factors such as air pressure, airspeed and impact. If a fall is detected, a designated contact or the 24/7 monitoring centre will be automatically alerted without the user having to press the emergency button. This style of alarm is very helpful for people with impaired balance, such as the elderly, or for people with conditions such as epilepsy which mean they are prone to seizures. It was observed that people with these afflictions are unlikely to have time to press a button in case of an emergency; they may also be unable to move if an injury occurs due to the fall. Fall detection alarms offer a sustainable solution to this problem.
Mobile GPS Tracker Alarms
Whilst the majority of personal alarms for the elderly utilise landline technology in order to send an alert, we also provide mobile personal alarms. Most personal alarms can only be used when inside the home, in range of the base unit. Mobile alarms, on the other hand, can continue to be used away from the home, no matter the wearer’s location. They work in much the same way as traditional personal alarms, sending out an alert when the emergency button is pressed, however, they also use GPS tracker technology so that the wearer can be easily located in the event of an emergency. Through this, elderly people are able to maintain a higher level of independence as they are able to leave the house with confidence, knowing that they are protected should the worst happen.
Talking Pendant Alarms
Talking Pendant Alarms, as the name suggests, are worn around the neck as a pendant. The pendant contains an emergency button that can be pressed should the wearer fall, become ill or find themselves in an emergency situation. This style of alarm ensures 24/7 safety of the wearer both, inside and outside of the home. The main benefit of a talking pendant alarm, however, is that they allow for two-way communication between the wearer and the response centre. This means that the responder is able to gain more details of the situation, offer assurances to the wearer and provide the most appropriate assistance quickly.
SureSafe is one of the top-rated providers of personal safety alarms for the elderly. We offer a wide range of options meaning you’re guaranteed to find the perfect choice for you or your elderly loved ones.
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