One of the most disconcerting things about getting older is the worry about what might happen in the event of having an accident when at home on our own. Whether you or the person you care for are starting to feel less steady on your feet or become confused more easily than you used to, it is distressing to think about what any trip, fall or other such mishaps could mean.

As the population ages, this sort of concern is becoming more and more widespread. The good news, however, is that the recent boom in affordable, modern, technologically innovative items available – from mobility scooters to stairlifts – means that our elderly relatives are actually safer now than they have ever been; all sorts of products and services have been designed to minimise risk and ensure that accidents are prevented or, if any do happen, that they are quickly identified and acted on.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to three home panic alarms that are sure to give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your loved one always has a vital ‘safety net’ at their fingertips.

Automatic fall alarm

You will doubtless already know that trips and falls are among the most common causes of injury in older people, and many whose elderly parents live alone spend a great deal of time fretting about the possibility of this happening to their relatives. Today, though, more and more families are investing in ingenious systems that detect when a person has fallen and, depending on the specifications of the model, can alert one or more people that this has occurred.

There are plenty to choose from, but our pick of the products available in this field is the MPPL-FA6P, which was created by the care product specialists Easylink UK. This automatic fall alarm is extremely easy to set up and use, with the main component simply being worn on the wrist of the person who may be at risk of falling. The wearable alarm is also perfectly discreet so its appearance should not be an issue for those who need to make use of it.

Once the dual inertia sensors built into the alarm are activated by a possible fall being detected, a signal is then sent to the pager that comes as standard with the product. For added peace of mind, you will be pleased to know that a touch sensor call button is also included on the wrist-worn alarm; this means that, even if the reliable sensors do not activate for whatever reason, all the wearer has to do is press a button and the same signal will be sent.

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Mobile SOS button

Among the most common type of personal safety alarms available to people with limited mobility of all ages, mobile SOS buttons are becoming ever more popular and are now used by countless individuals across the UK.

The idea behind them is simple but potentially life-saving: if your loved one suffers a fall or is injured, incapacitated or distressed in any other way, all they must do is press a button and help will be at hand. Like automatic fall alarms, there are several versions of the SOS button on the market, but our favourite model (which you’ll find a link to below) can store up to three telephone numbers of the wearer’s choice on it. Once the button is pressed, the device will start to call all the numbers in succession until one picks up – then, they can simply start talking.

In terms of its technical specifications, it is best to think about the SOS button as like a mobile phone that is worn around the neck. A good signal will be needed for the button to function correctly, a SIM card must be placed into it, and it will need charging periodically – with up to six months of standby time, though, it would be safe to say that the battery life is far superior to that of most mobiles!

The one limitation to this SOS button – and most others currently available – is that it does not automatically detect falls, which means the wearer will have to be sufficiently aware that they need to press the button to summon help. However, you may take some comfort from knowing that it is very rare for an older or disabled person to lose consciousness or otherwise be rendered unable to press their button after a fall so this device would be more than adequate in the vast majority of cases.

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Cordless bed occupancy alarm kit

The final item on our list will not be necessary or even suitable for most readers but devices like this have nevertheless proved to be a godsend for a significant number of people who have elderly relatives with dementia or other conditions that affect their cognitive ability.

A cordless bed occupancy alarm is a clever piece of kit which, via a pressure sensor pad placed underneath the user’s mattress, automatically pages an alert through to the relevant relative or carer when it detects that they are attempting to get out of bed. It is terrible to think of our loved ones putting themselves at risk by wandering around at night, but this reliable and fast system will put an end to all the worry that comes with this.

One of the best features of our bed occupancy alarm kit of choice (which is linked to below) is that it is battery-operated and, therefore, completely wireless. This means that the kit is both discreet – so discreet, in fact, that the person it is installed to help may not even know it is there – and does not cause any trip hazards itself. Using the bare minimum of equipment, this clever product takes much of the stress away from getting through the night (which, as any carer will know, can often be the hardest time of all).

The occupancy alarm kit can also be attached to chairs, as well as beds, in case this would be more suitable for the individual in question.

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