Personal alarms can give you independence and the freedom to continue living at home for as long as possible. There are lots of different types of alarms, some that can help you only at home, others that work all over the country and even alarms for specific conditions such as epilepsy. An alarm that can work outside as well as at home can be particularly useful.
In our experience, there are a few different reasons why you may choose to get a personal alarm:
We often find that people choose to get a personal alarm after the first time they have a fall or spend some time in hospital. They want to make sure if it happens again, they will have emergency help on hand as quickly as possible.
However, investing in an alarm early can ensure you have that help available from the start so you can stay independent and active for as long as possible.
Personal alarms are available to anyone, irrespective of age or condition. However, if you are not sure, guidance is available.
You can speak to your local council or GP to get advice. Alternatively, you could request an assessment from a occupational therapist. They may have other suggestions in addition to a personal alarm that could help you stay independent at home.