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Personal alarms benefits for the elderly

DPS Shop - Personal alarms benefits for the elderly

Posted by Liz Alderslade December 2020

Craving security, safety and peace of mind when you become frailer is well sought after by older people. 

Personal alarms, also known as panic alarms or medical alarms, are one such product that can assist you in feeling safe while in your home or out in the community.

Falls are one of the main causes of older Australians being injured or hospitalised and is also considered a big problem for elderly people worldwide.

you can see our range of personal alarms and intelligent home hubs in our Lifestyle section on DPS Shop.

Research has shown that people who purchase a personal alarm are more likely to take risks and are less likely to reduce their daily activity because they are worried about falls compared to people that don't own personal alarms.

How they work

The main reason older Australians buy personal alarms is due to the peace of mind they get knowing something is looking out for them around their home or out in the community.

Personal alarms can either detect any falls, provide assistance through immediate access to help, track your location, or all of these things.

These devices have accelerators that can detect falls, which can provide reassurance to the wearer so they can take more risks and live independently.

Even if you haven't had a fall, you can press the button on your personal alarm device to call for help if you have a medical episode or don't feel right.

They are designed to be non-invasive, hardy, accessible, responsive, and, in some cases, stylish. 

Key features of personal alarms

Features of a personal alarm can differ depending on the brand and model you buy, however, they do all have very similar functions, like:

  • Simple to use one button options for emergency calls.
  • A built-in accelerometer, also known as fall detection, that can detect if you fall and will either send an automatic alert to someone or call for an ambulance
  • 24/7 emergency response, immediate access to emergency services or a nominated person
  • Some personal alarms have GPS tracking, which can be useful for people with dementia
  • Lightweight devices
  • Personal alarms don't require internet connection
  • Water proof

When purchasing a personal alarm, make sure to check all the key features, as not all personal alarms are built the same or share the same features as other personal alarms.

Styles or types

When choosing a personal alarm, you need to choose between:

  • Monitored, an attached 24/7 call line that will contact a user if it detects fall or if the button is pushed. There is usually an attachment provided for your phone or mobile
  • Non-monitored device, a nominated person or emergency service will receive notification that you require help

There are usually three different forms of personal alarms you can purchase.

  • Wrist pendant
  • Personal alarm watch
  • Wearable device around the neck

When organising a personal alarm, choose the option that best suits you, if you don't like having something around your wrist, a necklace like device might be your better option.

For more information relating to Aged Care and the options that are available to you, you can also visit www.agedcareguide.com.au 

If you are looking for more information with regard to Disability Support you can also try www.disabilitysupportguide.com.au 


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