B34 - Getting a Personal or Medical Alarm
There are a number of personal or medical bracelet or necklace alarm options available that you can activate if you need help urgently, for example, if you hurt yourself in a
fall or feel unwell.
You press a button that connects to a monitoring call centre through your landline or cell phone. The centre immediately contacts you to find out what help you need.
They can arrange emergency services as necessary. They can also call a pre-arranged contact person, such as a friend or family member, to help you. The service generally works
both inside your home and in your garden/section.
- If you live alone or in an isolated area or have a disability or ongoing medical condition, a personal alarm could help you remain independent.
- It helps you to get on with everyday activities and preserves your privacy while also giving you quick access to help when needed.
- It can give you peace of mind and could save your life.
- Such services cost money, however, if you are eligible for a Disability Allowance, part or all of the cost should be covered by that allowance.
- The alarm will only work in an area that has a landline or mobile network coverage.
What do I need in order to take this option?
- You need a landline or mobile network coverage for the alarm to work.
- There are numerous suppliers of different alarm options, so it pays to shop around to find the best option for you. Things to research include:
- the range of service features that are covered in the price of the alarm
- whether it's better to lease or buy the equipment
- how regularly the equipment is serviced and tested
- if the supplier is approved by Work and Income
- if you can have a demonstration and free trial
If you receive a Disability Allowance, you are likely to be eligible for funding support towards a personal alarm. See also
B15 Disability Allowance.
Could this option limit my future choices?
No, it may extend the time you are able to stay living independently in your own home.
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