You may wish to consider having an alarm call system to summon help if, for example, you have a fall. The community alarms and telecare service is one such emergency support alarm service, which operates 24-hours a day, 365 days of the year.
The telecare equipment gives you the reassurance of knowing that help is just the touch of a button away.
Each local authority has a service, the aim of which is to put you or your family directly in touch with the support you need in any emergency.
How does a Community Alarm Service Work?
The local authority can install equipment in your home which is linked to your home telephone. This might be a button, pendant or a range of sensors and detectors.
Within seconds of pressing an emergency button or a sensor automatically activating this will connect you to a trained operator who will have all the necessary information to be able to get help to you quickly.
This may mean alerting a neighbour, a relative, your GP or the emergency services. They will be able to send help to you even if you are not able to speak to them.
Who is a Community Alarm Service suitable for?
An alarm service is particularly helpful for people who:
- live alone
- have physical disabilities
- have sensory impairment
- may be forgetful or confused
- have a learning disability
- may be at risk of domestic violence
- have a carer needing extra support
- are at risk of falls
- are vulnerable
Your local authority can usually give you more information or arrange for a demonstration of their community alarm service.