Personal Alarms for the Elderly
Personal alarms for the elderly in the UK help elderly Britons to stay living in their own homes, both safer and for longer. Personal alarms for the elderly are telephone based alarm systems that allow the wearer to immediately call for help in the event of an emergency. They provide safety and peace of mind for both the wearer, and their loved ones, that help is just the touch of a button away.
Elderly panic alarms come in various forms in the UK. In general they are telephone based equipment that comprise of a base unit and a remote alarm button that can be worn around the neck as a pendant or on the wrist. In the event of an emergency, the wearer presses the button on the pendant and this sends a wireless signal to the base unit. Then, depending on the type of panic alarm, the base unit then automatically calls either a 24/7 monitoring station or family and friends for help.
The wireless pendant means the wearer has the freedom to move around their home and garden knowing that they can get help even if the phone is out of reach.
Let’s look at the statistics on falls in the UK:
- 1 in 2 over 65 years of age fall each year
- 3 in 4 over 80 years of age fall each year
- 47% of those falls result in the injured person needing assistance to get up
- 76% result in admission to A&E and subsequent release
- 24% result in admission to A&E and subsequent hospitalisation
Studies in the UK show that the longer a person stays on the ground following a fall, the longer the length of their recovery time and the lesser the extent of their recovery. Getting immediate help after a fall increases the chance of a full recovery to 80%. Elderly panic alarms provide immediate assistance and therefore can be a life-saving piece of equipment.
In addition to having the potentially life-saving benefit of being able to call for help, studies show that personal alarms for the elderly have positive health benefits too. As wearers feel more confident that they can get help if they need it, they tend to stay more active. When a person stays active their bodies remain more mobile and responsive, reducing the likelihood they will lose balance or strength. In effect, wearing an elderly panic alarm actually helps reduce the chance of a fall. And prevention is better than the cure, as they say…
What are the advantages of personal alarms for the elderly?
- Supports independent living as you age – safer & longer
- Improves safety & security at home
- Increases wearer confidence to stay mobile at home and improves quality of life
- Peace of mind for the wearer, and their family and friends, that help is just the touch of a button away
There are various types of panic alarms available in the UK for people as they age, each catering for the user’s specific needs, these are primarily broken down into two main areas:
- Are you looking for an alarm that is connected to a 24/7 monitoring station in the event of an emergency, or one that calls family and friends?
- Do you have a landline telephone in your home, or do you need an alarm system that uses mobile phone technology?