For many people their priority, as they get older, is to remain in their own home where they are most comfortable and loved. However, for family members their concern is how to keep their loved ones safe when they are not around.
Remaining in your own home is the first choice of most people because is avoids the need to move to unfamiliar surroundings and environments. Care at home can be an option to help you to remain in your own home with support from trained staff who know how important it is for your to maintain your independence. Care can be provided from as little as 1 hours per week with tasks that you are finding difficult, such as housework or shopping or for more complex needs full care over a 24 hour period.
What is a Personal Alarm?
A personal alarm is a small device that can be worn around the neck or on your wrist. It has a button on it that can be pressed so that you can call for 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 type 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 in the 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 of confidence and independence.
Personal alarms can provide a quick and effective means, at any time of the day of 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 knowing 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 you are doing.
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 applicances which indicate changes in daily routine.
What type of emergencies can a personal alarm help with?
As personal alarms are monitored 24 hours they can assist with a range of services:
Falls and slips which might result in injury and require medical attention.
Medical emergencies including felling unwell or serious incidents that might require hospitalisation.
Home emergencies including fire, flood and intruders
Cold callers and other events that may cause distress.