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Technology to help - alerts in the home

Careline

A careline can alert a monitoring centre and call for assistance if needed. The simplest form of a careline is a personal alarm, which includes a button on a pendant or wrist strap and a base unit that works with your telephone system.

You can press the button if you need help, for example, if you have fallen over and can't get up or if you feel unwell or unsafe. Pressing the button will contact a monitoring centre and a speaker on the base unit will let you talk to them. The monitoring centre will then call a family member, friend or the emergency services, depending on what you need.

Please note that carelines rely on you pressing the button yourself for assistance. If this is not possible, you may want to think about having sensors instead. You can add extra sensors to the base unit that can trigger alerts to the monitoring centre. See the following section for more information about sensors.

Find out how a careline, sensors and medication reminders could work for you
Find out how a careline, sensors and medication reminders could work for you

Sensors and detectors

Sensors and detectors can be used with your careline. They can detect many things and alert the monitoring centre without you having to take any action.

How sensors and detectors can help you in the home
Type of sensor or detectorHow it can help you
Fall detector This is worn on the wrist and will send an alert to the monitoring centre if you fall over. This can be very useful if you fall over and become unconscious, being unable to press your careline button yourself
Bed sensor This is usually placed under your mattress. It can alert the monitoring centre if you have got out of bed and not returned after a set period of time. You can set the times you go to bed and get up each day, so the sensor will only send alerts overnight
Chair sensor  This is usually placed under the cushion of your chair. During the day it can alert the monitoring centre if you get up and don't return after a set period of time
Flood detector You can use this detector in the kitchen or bathroom, it will send an alert if you leave a tap or shower on
Heat detector These are usually placed in kitchens and can detect high levels of heat. This is useful if you are worried about leaving the gas on. They will sound an alarm if high heat is detected and also alert the monitoring centre
Smoke detector These work just like normal smoke detectors and sound alarms, but they will also send an alert to the monitoring centre
Carbon monoxide detector This works like a normal carbon monoxide detector and sounds an alarm, but it will also send an alert to the monitoring centre
Movement detector These are placed at a high level in your hallway or living room. They can be set to send an alert to the monitoring centre if they don't detect any activity for a set period of time. They can also be set to 'intruder' mode and will send an alert if they detect movement
Property exit sensor This can send an alert if you leave the house or accidently leave your front door open

We have more information about safety in the home  including gas, fire and electricity safety.

How movement sensors can help if you're worried about wandering
How movement sensors can help if you're worried about wandering

Medication reminders

Medication reminders can help if you are worried about forgetting to take your medication. They are pill dispensers that can be filled with the correct dosages. They will sound an alarm when it's time for you to take your medication and will only release the correct dosage. If you don't take your medication within a set period of time, an alert will be sent to the monitoring centre.

Where to find equipment

We have a directory of equipment suppliers who you can buy equipment from directly.

Contact us if you would like to talk to someone about equipment and technology.

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