How to choose the best personal alarm

Personal alarms allow the elderly to call for assistance if they have an accident or a fall at home, allowing them to feel safer and remain independent for longer

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Personal alarms allow you to call for assistance if you have an accident or a fall at home. They are easy to use and help elderly and less able people feel safer, and remain more independent. These devices also give peace of mind to family and friends. There are a variety of personal alarms available which operate in different ways. They can either be connected to emergency response centres or simply emit a loud noise to alert neighbours.

Basic alarms

Basic alarms emit a loud noise when a button is pressed on the alarm which alerts neighbours that assistance is needed. This system is basic, but it allows you independence while knowing that someone will be on hand if needed.They are both affordable and ready for immediate use.

Pendant alarms

Pendant alarms are connected with an emergency response centre should assistance be needed. Pressing a button on the pendant sends a signal to a 24/7 response centre from the base unit installed in your home. Contact staff will decide if you need emergency services or if they should call one of your chosen contacts. Some pendant alarms allow you to speak directly through the device while with others you must use the base unit.

Fall detectors

A fall alarm is very similar to a pendant alarm, except that it works automatically. It has an in-built motion sensor which automatically detects unexpected falls or downward motions. When this happens, it sends an alert to a call centre or chosen contact. With some models, you can speak directly with the call centre on a two-way speaker. Many providers offer personal alarms in Australia, supply models which combine a fall alarm and pendant alarm in the same device.

GPS tracking alarms

GPS tracking alarms pinpoint the location of the carrier when they are away from home. GPS tracking alarms can be used anywhere as they have no location restrictions. Most GPS trackers contain a panic button so users can get emergency help 24/7. Some GPS trackers also allow users to talk to staff at the contact centre.

What to consider when looking for a personal alarm?

There may be a subscription fee and a setup charge with additional costs for extra services, such as a fall detector. Be aware of the distance range of the device, and your ability to hear the response centre clearly. Find out how long the batteries will last, and how to know if they’re running low. Who is responsible for replacing them? Is the alarm linked to a landline or a mobile phone? Ascertain whether the device is waterproof.

How long does the alarm sound for?

A basic alarm which emits a loud noise, will sound for as long as you are pressing the button or until the battery goes flat. Some basic alarms are fitted with a pin that sounds when it is removed from the device. It will continue to emit a noise until the pin is replaced. However, pendant alarms which are linked to a monitoring centre should be answered immediately.