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    • Russe11
    • By Russe11 7th Feb 11, 8:19 AM
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    Personal alarm systems for old people
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    • 7th Feb 11, 8:19 AM
    Personal alarm systems for old people 7th Feb 11 at 8:19 AM
    Elderly neighbour has asked me to do a bit of research into such systems, a quick online search and i've found aidcall.co.uk, are there others and if so any pointers?


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    • Money maker
    • By Money maker 7th Feb 11, 8:22 AM
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    Try your local council - they may run a scheme. Ours do - Lifeline.
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    • scotsbob
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    I you don't want a monitored, subscription service then the Yale telephone alarm is worth looking at.

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/yale-distress-alert-system-227363
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    Thanks, hopefully can collate some useful information.

    Ideally needs to be something that comes with a fob that can be kept on person incase of falls etc.
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    • By bertha 8th Feb 11, 7:35 AM
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    Have a look at this phone:
    http://www.abilityanswers.com/phone-guardian-110-emergency-care-phone-pendant-auto-dialler-p-1445.html?zenid=f76bc6199397d330433af15d2fa1fc84

    You can set it up to dial 3 numbers of your choice in an emergency.
    • alanq
    • By alanq 8th Feb 11, 9:48 AM
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    There are a number of mobile phones with a similar SOS feature (but as they are mobile do not come with a pendant). e.g. http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=90&mpe_id=11134&productId=3 49503&intv_id=11085&evtype=CpgnClick&langId=-1&catalogId=1008
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    • 8th Feb 11, 10:04 AM
    Thanks, hopefully can collate some useful information.

    Ideally needs to be something that comes with a fob that can be kept on person incase of falls etc.
    Originally posted by Russe11
    Age UK (Age Concern / Help the Aged as was) have a personal alarm which can be either a pendant or on a wristband.
    http://www.ageuk.org.uk/buy/help-at-home/age-uk-personal-alarms/
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    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 8th Feb 11, 3:46 PM
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    Hope you don't mind Russe11....My pal Doug is looking for an alarm for when out walking. He's recntly had a stroke, and trying to get back into it but a little uncertain. He's just rung me from home, do I know of a mobile that does a one button alarm. Doug is 83, not very techie.
    Can anyone help
    • scotsbob
    • By scotsbob 8th Feb 11, 7:36 PM
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    Hope you don't mind Russe11....My pal Doug is looking for an alarm for when out walking. He's recntly had a stroke, and trying to get back into it but a little uncertain. He's just rung me from home, do I know of a mobile that does a one button alarm. Doug is 83, not very techie.
    Can anyone help
    Originally posted by Ken68
    If he has a subscription to a monitoring service then put their number on "speed dial" allocating any number he wants.

    If no subscription then put relatives number(s) on speed dial.

    Manual that came with mobile phone will give instructions on setting up speed dial numbers.
    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 8th Feb 11, 7:44 PM
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    Thank you Scotsbob.. will do that, Doug is a devil for going miles every day out in the countryside. Will give him a few taxi numbers as well. Just have to teach him how a mobile works. :-))))
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    It's recommended that people store the number of a friend/relative/next of kin in the phone book on their mobile under the name ICE, which stands for In Case of Emergency.
    This is what the emergency services will look for on peoples mobiles if they need to contact someone because the owner of the mobile is incapable of letting anyone know something's happened to them.
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    • hartcjhart
    • By hartcjhart 9th Feb 11, 3:22 PM
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    Aldi had some phones with an emergency alarm incorporated but maybe out of stock,we got one for our father
    details here

    Silvercrest Big Button phone

    http://www.topcom.net/en/communication/product/48/Axiss830(2).html
  • stagey
    Try your local council - they may run a scheme. Ours do - Lifeline.
    Originally posted by Money maker

    yes my mum has a local authority system - probably cheaper too.
    • Russe11
    • By Russe11 10th Feb 11, 1:31 AM
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    thanks that'll do
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    • By Heinz 21st Feb 11, 10:12 PM
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    I you don't want a monitored, subscription service then the Yale telephone alarm is worth looking at.

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/yale-distress-alert-system-227363
    Originally posted by scotsbob
    That's on sale on Amazon for just over £20 delivered too: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003EDS3FE/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=AAPAFJ8Z2VRFS
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  • shards
    The most clear, comprehensive and independent guide for the public to such alarms in the UK is the telecare section of the Disabled Living Foundation's (DLF) Living Made Easy website*. These systems have tremendous benefits if used and maintained correctly, but they also have shortcomings which, thanks to Murphy's Law, people often don't discover until help is needed - pendants are not worn, mobile devices are switched off, or uncharged, etc.

    The above site will help anyone arrive at the best system for them, whether they purchase it privately or get it through their council's social services or, for tenants of social housing providers, get it through them.

    * As I'm a new poster on this forum I can't include a link, but a Google search for 'DLF Telecare Made Easy' (without the quotes) will find it.
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    • pineapple
    • By pineapple 3rd Mar 11, 10:43 PM
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    A number of organisations run alarm systems. You just have to google to see which ones run in your area. Also, the local council sometimes does it as already mentioned.
    You can have a system where there are pull cords and a speaker or speakers. Plus you can usually have a pendant alarm. Should you fall, just press the button on the alarm or pull a cord. It goes through to a 24 hour response centre. They can immediately identify who is calling and bring up medical and other info. Staff can talk to the person through the speaker - wherever they are in the home -and vice versa. These systems can also usually be linked to a fire alarm system.
    It is a good idea to have a key safe outside the door. These usually have combination locks. Emergency and support services should be given the access code.
    Some people also chose to have 'morning calls' where someone checks they are OK. Though careful. As a new Warden I once called someone with dementia and she got such a shock at the voice coming over airwaves that she jumped up and fell over!
  • hilsbills
    alarms for the elderly
    we are currently using Aid Call but I am now looking into Telecare (run by London Borough WF and Newham) as this incorporates packages for later on in life ie dementia sufferers - medicine alerts, key safes etc which means a pendant will not have to be relied on as my mum cannot remember what it is for and how to use it.
    • magic57
    • By magic57 5th Mar 11, 9:02 AM
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    Hope you don't mind Russe11....My pal Doug is looking for an alarm for when out walking. He's recntly had a stroke, and trying to get back into it but a little uncertain. He's just rung me from home, do I know of a mobile that does a one button alarm. Doug is 83, not very techie.
    Can anyone help
    Originally posted by Ken68
    I don't know if you are still looking at this thread but if you google "Easy 5" you'll find details of a very simple mobile. I came across it when I was looking for a phone for my mum. You have to pre programme it from another phone then you just press the hot keys. It looks good but I haven't tried it.

    I didn't get that model in the end but another similar easy phone, but my mum still can't use it!
  • delcheung
    Hello, I don't know if you are still looking but there is a new company being used by hospitals and local councils - CareConnectMe that offers a safety/reminder call with a notification service and works over standard landline or mobile phone and theres no installation of equipment. They are offering a FREE trial by invite till september. careconnectme.com

    take care and hope that helps

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