More accidents occur in the home than anywhere else and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to injuries should an accident occur. Thankfully in the modern world, a number of technological aids have been developed to ensure that you have a choice of alarms for the elderly in order for help to be summoned should anything occur.
What are the best types of alarms for the elderly?
This will be a matter of preference and circumstances due to the wide range of alarms available. Perhaps the most simple and effective alarms are the personal alarms which are worn around the neck like a pendant or around the wrist like a watch. These alarms are programmed to dial two stored numbers at the simple press of a button. This can be a lifesaver in an emergency.
Mobile phone apps
The elderly can also be more tech savvy than we sometimes give them credit for, and there are also a number of apps available for smartphone users that can raise the alarm if anything happens. These apps can document regular living patterns such as sleeping and walking and can also monitor heartbeat. The app will alert a caregiver in the event that something isn’t right.
There are a range of different bed alarms available which can alert you as to when an elderly person leaves their bed. These can take the form of a pressure mat which is positioned beside the bed or a sensor attached to the bed itself. A bed alarm is normally used in a care home or hospital but can have a number of practical advantages if you are a primary caregiver for an elderly person living in your home.
Compensation for an accident
Thank you for reading Accident Advice Helpline’s guide to setting up alarms for the elderly. If you’ve had an accident and someone else was to blame, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information on how you could make a 100% no-win-no-fee claim for compensation. You won’t be under any obligation to proceed with any claim for compensation that may be discussed over the phone with one of our highly-trained, professional advisors.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown