Personal alarms are small wearable pendants that you can use to get help if you fall. When pressed, it sends a message or call to either your own emergency contacts or a 24/7 monitoring team who can arrange help. By getting help quickly, you have a higher chance of getting back on your feet quicker.
Home care providers such as Silver Chain have a range of personal alarms which you can rent or own.
Personal alarm units
Majority of personal alarms units work with a mobile network and include a small wearable alarm pendant, as well as a base unit which plugs into a power point. When you need help, simply press the button on your pendant or the base unit and you will be connected with your emergency contacts.
Fall detector pendant
A fall detector pendant is worn around the neck and automatically detects if you fall and calls for help through a paired personal alarm unit. If you are at a higher risk of falling, a fall detector pendant can give you security knowing that you can get help quickly.
Monitored personal alarms
Monitored personal alarms are monitored by a team 24/7 and may suit you if you live regionally and have limited, or no contacts close by to respond to the alert, you like the peace of mind of having 24/7 monitoring or you have a complex medical history or falls risk.
Silver Chain supplies the Gem4 GPS wearable alarm which combines a mobile personal emergency response system, a GPS locater, and a fall detector in a small wearable device. This is designed to be worn in the home or when out in public settings.
Non-monitored personal alarms
Although non-monitoring personal alarms do not have 24/7 monitoring, it may suit you if your emergency contacts live close by and can respond to your alert immediately. It is recommended that you have an action plan in case your emergency contacts do not respond to your alert.
Benefits of personal alarms
- Help you live independently in your own home for longer.
- Pendants are lightweight, water resistant and can be worn around the neck or on the wrist, it can be tucked into clothing so no one else needs to know it is being worn.
- Simple to install and use, with many having voice-to-voice capabilities and GPS tracking which is useful when responding to a fall alert.
Everyone is different. To choose the right personal alarm system for you, it’s important to consider your needs and circumstances and decide how well each option matches these.
Talk to your health care provider for more information on personal alarms and find the right personal alarm system for you.