Personal Alarms- How can a personal alarm support you to remain at home?

How to stay in your own home safely as your need increase.

Personal Alarms- How can a personal alarm support you to remain at home?

For many older people their priority is to remain in the home they love and where they feel most comfortable. The challenge comes when balancing this desire for independence with their increasingly complex needs.

Having care in your own home is a choice which allows you to remain in your own home and maintain your independence without the need to move into the unfamiliar surroundings of a care home.

Although the level of support varies from person to person and their circumstances care can be provided from minimal support to 24 hours support for complex needs. In most cases a personal alarm can play and important part in your daily living and provide the support and reassurance needed to maintain a good quality of life.

SO WHAT IS A PERSONAL ALARM?
A personal Alarm is a is a small device which can be worn around the next or wrist. It has a button that can be pressed so that alarm is sent to a central alarm monitoring centre to alert them that you require help if you need it. The button, when pressed, will send a signal to the central alarm monitoring service who can speak to you to determine what typ0e of assistance you require. The alarm monitoring service will then call your nominated emergency contacts, such as your neighbour or a family member or in the instance of an accident the emergency services to get you medical attention.

HOW CAN A PERSONAL ALARM HELP?
a personal alarm is a valuable lifeline int he event of an emergency, such as a fall. As we age many factors can affect our mobility. Falls, for example, account for approximately a quarter of a million hospital admissions per year. Fractures and other injuries can have long term effects on confidence and independence.
Personal alarms can provide a quick and effective means, at any time of the day or night to get help when it is most needed. If you live alone a personal alarm can give family and friends the reassurance and peace of mind, know that their loved one can access help when they are not there.

GETTING HELP WHEN IT IS MOST NEEDED
Personal alarms are monitored 24 hours a day by the monitoring service, so can provide assistance both night and day, inside and outside of your home. Some personal alarms can also monitor health and activity such as heart rate, blood pressure and the amount of walking your are undertaking.
Some newer telehealth technology can undertake smart home monitoring and by the use of sensors can monitor daily routine and provide insights into changing health conditions. Home sensors can detect emergencies that require immediate attention and provide insights such as the use of appliances which indicate changes in daily routine.

WHAT TYPE OF EMERGENCIES CAN A PERSONAL ALARM HELP WITH?
As personal alarms are monitored 24 hours a day they can assist with a range of services:

Falls and slips which might result in injury and require medical attention
Medical emergencies including feeling unwell or serious incidents that might require hospitalization
Home emergencies including fire, flood and intruders
Cold Callers and other events that may cause distress