Talking Pendant Alarms for the Elderly
How is a Talking Alarm Pendant Different from other Alarms?
A talking pendant alarm for the elderly, also known as an alarm pendant with a speaker in the pendant, isn’t like most standard alarms. If you buy a low-quality standard alarm, it will only have a base unit that plugs into your landline. The base has an integrated speaker, and you speak to the base when you need help. You can’t talk through the pendant.
What happens if you fall in the bedroom, bathroom or kitchen? If your ‘standard type’ alarm is plugged into the telephone socket in the hallway downstairs then chances are you won’t be able to speak to the respondent, they won’t know what you need. And if you are in the garden when you fall or feel unwell then forget about it, there is no chance of two-way communication.
Additionally, if the speaker inside the base unit doesn’t have a good enough range, your voice won’t be picked up. There are a lot of reasons why a talking pendant alarm is the way to go.
That’s why a SureSafe alarm pendant for the elderly with a speaker in the pendant provides extra protection and peace of mind. You can be sure that when you press the SOS button you will hear the person you have contacted loud and clear.
Most ‘standard’ alarms do not offer this feature. The traditional alarms on the market are based on the same technology as when they was first launched in the 1980’s. It is simple to use and reliable, but it has not kept pace with the advances made in technology. This is how SureSafe’s talking pendant alarms for the elderly are different.
How do Talking Pendant Alarms for the Elderly Work?
A talking pendant alarm for the elderly contains a small speaker and microphone that allows you to speak and listen through your pendant. It means you, and your family, have the security of knowing help is at hand whether you’re indoors or ‘out and about’ simply with the touch of a button. Not all talking pendants need a landline either, there are talking pendant alarms for the elderly without a landline that use mobile phone technology. This means they can be used both at home and when ‘out and about’.
If you feel unwell or have a fall, you don’t need to worry about finding your mobile phone or landline. With the talking pendant all you need to do is press the SOS button to get help. When you press the button, a call will go through to a SureSafe operator or your nominated contacts, depending on which talking pendant alarm without a landline device you have.
Not everyone can use a mobile phone. An elderly person may have difficulty due to shaking hands, sight problems or forgetfulness. They might also be unable to locate it or work it during a sudden illness or fall. A talking pendant alarm can give you, or your loved one back their independence. They will have the confidence to get out into the garden or get out to visit friends.
An alarm pendant for the elderly with a speaker in the pendant means you can have a two-way conversation with a SureSafe Operator or one of three nominated contacts. It is an emergency call device you wear around your neck, even in the shower. You don’t need to depend on your telephone. Your emergency button is with you all the time you are wearing your talking pendant alarm without a landline.
Why You Should Have a Talking Alarm Pendant
Studies show that getting help in the first 60 minutes after a heart attack can prevent your death. After a fall, muscle cell breakdown begins between 20 and 60 minutes after the incident. And, for every 15 minutes that passes after a stroke the likelihood of death increases by 4%. Minutes matter.
If you are unfortunate and suffer from a fall, a stroke, or a heart attack, then quick access to medical attention is vital. The faster you can get emergency assistance, the better your chances are of making a full recovery.
If you are wearing a talking alarm pendant for the elderly, you will get assistance quickly when you’re alone. Depending on the type of personal alarm you’re wearing, a call will go through to a SureSafe operator or to your nominated contacts. You can tell them exactly what is happening and help can be on the way within seconds.
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Benefits of a Talking Alarm Pendant
- You can tell the alarm respondent exactly what type of help you need
- The SureSafe operator or your nominated contact can phone the emergency services immediately
- You’ll get faster medical assistance
- You can hear a friendly voice and be reassured help is on the way
- Peace of mind for both you and your family
- Talking pendant alarm without a landline is an option
Peace of Mind with a Talking Alarm Pendant
Being alone when you have an accident is worrying. With an alarm pendant for the elderly with a speaker in the pendant you don’t need to worry because you’re not alone. You and your family have peace of mind knowing that if a problem should occur, you can press the button on your pendant, and our operators will be talking to you in seconds and getting medical help fast if it’s needed. You can talk to us by phone on 0800 112 3201 or send us an email at [email protected] for more information. Or you can buy online.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question? Take a look at some of the common questions that people have before buying an elderly alarm pendant:
What is a pendant alarm?
A pendant alarm is a comfortable, discreet device you can wear round your neck or on your wrist. The pendant alarms from SureSafe feature an SOS button, which, when pressed sends out an alert to your nominated contacts or a SureSafe operator.
The pendant’s don’t look like alarms for the elderly. They look discreet and stylish.
Imagine you have a fall, and you can’t get up. If you didn’t have a pendant, you would need your mobile phone to make contact with someone who can help you. If your mobile phone isn’t on your person or somewhere you can reach and get it, you can’t use it.
If you have fallen because you have tripped, or because you have become ill, then minutes matter. It doesn’t take long for you to become dehydrated or suffer from hypothermia on a cold floor or outside.
Even if you haven’t had a fall, but you feel unwell, a pendant alarm can get you the help you need fast. All you need to do is press the SOS button. When you get an answer from a family member or a SureSafe operator all you need to do is speak into the pendant.
You can then tell your contact about your problem, and you can listen to them telling you what they are going to do to help you.
If you’re mobile is on the kitchen worktop, your jacket pocket, or your handbag it doesn’t matter. You don’t need your mobile when you’ve got a talking pendant.
How can alarm pendants for the elderly help people?
An alarm pendant for the elderly can help older people, and those with disabilities or ongoing medical conditions, live independently in their own homes for longer.
Alarm pendants for the elderly give the wearer additional safety around the home, as they are able to call for help at the touch of a button. Some pendant alarms for the elderly also include fall detection, so they can offer even more safety as this type of device can call for help without the button needing to be pressed.
In addition to giving the alarm user more safety at home, an alarm pendant for the elderly can give family and friends additional peace of mind that there loved one can remain living independently. Rather than worry all the time that mum or dad might have had a fall, or calling them on the phone multiple times a day to check that they are OK, alarm pendants for the elderly reassure loved ones that help can be reached at the touch of a button.
Alarm pendants for the elderly can help save money for the alarm user or their family. If they are able to live at home with more confidence, they might not need to pay for expensive in-home care, and it can even keep people out of retirement homes for longer. For a couple of hundred pounds per year, an alarm pendant for elderly people can help save thousands of pounds per month in assisted living or retirement/nursing home costs.
Alarm pendants for elderly people can also have some medical benefits for the alarm user. If a person has a fear of falling then the natural response is to move less. The logic being that if they are not moving then they cannot fall over. What this means is the body starts to lose strength, mobility and balance, as more time is spent sitting down. The impact of this is that the person is in fact more likely to fall over when they do need to walk, because their body is less able to walk without falling. Wearing alarm pendants for the elderly can give people the confidence to go about their lives as normal, remaining as mobile and active as they once were. This means that muscle strength, bone density, balance and mobility can actually increase, prolonging the bodies ability to live a full life. The increased levels of activity also increases the cardio-vascular work done, which has a positive effect on the heart, lungs and other bodily functions. An alarm pendant for the elderly can in fact be both reactive and preventative in terms of keeping the wearer safe!
What different types of elderly alarm pendant are there?
Can I get an elderly alarm pendant with fall detection?
Do all pendant alarms for the elderly call through to a 24/7 monitoring centre?
No, not all pendant alarms for the elderly call through to a 24/7 response centre. SureSafe is the leading provider of family monitored alarms, with various options to choose from. Read more about family monitored alarms here.
What if I press the button by mistake on my pendant alarm for the elderly?
Don't worry if you press the button by mistake on your pendant alarm for the elderly. Simply wait for the 24/7 response operator, or your family member if you have a family monitored alarm, to talk to you via the base unit or alarm, and let them know that it is a false alarm. They will be delighted to hear that you are OK, and it is always a good idea to test your alarm regularly anyway.
Do I need to pay VAT on my elderly pendant alarm?
No, you not always need to pay VAT on your elderly pendant alarm. Over 9/10 SureSafe customers do not pay VAT. If the alarm user has an ongoing medical condition, takes medication on a regular basis, or has a terminal illness, then you do not need to pay VAT. Learn more about this here.
Should I get a key safe to go with my elderly pendant alarm?
Combining a key safe with your elderly pendant alarm is always a good idea. A key safe gives family members and the emergency services quick and easy access to your home when the alarm is activated. They can gain entry to give you the help you need without needing to wait for someone to arrive with a key, or having to force entry through the door, or break a window.
Are your 24/7 monitoring centres that the alarm pendants call through to in the UK?
Yes, all our 24/7 monitoring centres that the alarm pendants call through to are in the UK. You can feel confident and secure that a friendly voice will answer your call and arrange for the appropriate help you need.
How many alarm pendants can I link to my SureSafe base unit?
How many alarm pendants you can link to your SureSafe base unit will depend on the type of SureSafe alarm that you have. Our landline based monitored alarms can have unlimited pendants while the SureSafe Personal Alarm family monitored alarm can only have two pendants paired at any one time.
I don’t have a landline, what options for alarm pendants do I have?
Don't worry, we have options for alarm pendants that do not require a landline. Our most popular product, the SureSafeGO, does not require a landline. The SureSafeGO Plus is another option for an alarm pendant that does not require a landline.
What type of alarm pendants can I choose when the mobile phone signal in my area is very poor?
If where you live has poor mobile phone signal then a mobile personal alarm that uses mobile phone signal will not be a reliable option for you. Thankfully, you still have options for alarm pendants that use a landline instead. Here the base unit of the alarm plugs in to your landline and you wear a pendant or a wristband that links to that base unit. When you push the SOS button, the base unit makes an emergency call via the landline.
What should I do if I press the elderly alarm pendant by accident?
The first thing to do if you press the elderly alarm pendant by accident is not to worry! Simply tell the SureSafe operator when they speak to you through the pendant or base unit that it is a false alarm. We actually recommend that you test the elderly person alarm pendant at least once a month.
Can any other electrical equipment in my home interfere with the pendant working properly?
No. Other electrical equipment at home should not interfere with the elderly person alarm. Additionally, the pendant should not interfere with your existing phone line or internet service. If you have any additional questions, then please call us on 0800 112 3201, or email us at [email protected], and we will be happy to advise further.
Will my pendant alarm work if there is a power cut?
Do not worry if there is a power cut, your pendant alarm will continue to work. All SureSafe ‘in-home’ alarms have a back-up battery that keeps them operating in the event of a power cut. We recommend that you test your alarm after power is restored to check that it is working correctly.
Our mobile alarms have their own built-in batteries and would not be affected in any way by a power cut.
Will my pendant alarm be affected if I install broadband internet at home?
No, it shouldn’t be affected. Our alarms are designed to work with all major phone and internet providers, so there should not be a problem. We recommend that you test your pendant alarm after the internet is installed to check that everything is working correctly.
If you have a mobile alarm, like the SureSafeGO, changes to your home phone or internet will not impact your alarm in any way. They work independently of your home phone and internet.
Can my elderly personal alarm system be activated if a neighbour, or someone close by, also has a personal alarm pendant?
No. Your personal alarm base unit can only be activated by your pendant alarm. Another person’s elderly alarm bracelet or pendant cannot activate your base unit, or interfere with it in any way.
How will I know if my alarm pendant battery is running low?
If you subscribe to one of our 24/7 monitored personal alarm services then one of the SureSafe team will let you know either if your elderly alarm bracelet or pendant needs charging, or if the battery or pendant needs replacing (depending on the type of alarm you have). If it is the latter, we will send you out a replacement free of charge.
If you have a family monitored alarm then you will receive a text alert to let you know, or LEDs on the pendant or wristband will indicate a low battery (depending on the type of alarm). With the Guardian you will get in-App alerts as well as email alerts when you need to replace the battery. The LCD screen on the base unit will also tell you.
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