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6 Best Personal Alarms for the Elderly

Personal Alarms for the Elderly

Personal alarms are small wearable pendants or watches that an older person can use to get help if they fall, get lost, feel unwell or need help for any other problem. In their simplest form, personal alarms for the elderly usually feature of a big, clear button that can be pressed at any time day or night. Pressing the button will either sound an alarm to alert people living in the same house or it can connect the wearer directly to a 24/7 monitoring team trained to find out what is wrong and arrange help. This might be contacting a pre-agreed named relative or neighbour to make sure everything is okay, or, if necessary, calling an ambulance.

Elderly alarms can be a first step in supporting your relative to remain independent and safe at home. During the current pandemic if you are unable to visit your parents often or at all, then a personal alarm may be a good option to consider, helping to keep them safe, and giving you reassurance at this time. The devices are designed to be easy to set up, with simple and clear instructions and a customer support team on hand to help. Below you can find Age Space’s guide to 6 of the best personal alarms for the elderly on the market.

1. SureSafe

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SureSafe Personal Alarm

SureSafe Alarms are leading providers of personal alarms for the elderly. They offer a broad range of alarms that can be used both in the home, as well as when ‘out and about’. Their goal is to help older people live fuller lives, safely and independently in their own homes. They do this for over 170,000 people in the UK through two UK-based monitoring centres (both TSA accredited and certified to the Quality Standards Framework), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SureSafe prioritise offering the best quality products, service, and customer experience. They are rated ‘Excellent’ by their customers on Reviews.io and average 4.8 out of 5 stars. 98% of customers say they would recommend SureSafe to a friend.
SureSafe’s flagship product, the SureSafeGO, aims to be the most complete alarm available. Boasting fall detection as standard, the ability to talk through the pendant (not the base unit) to the alarm responder, as well as using mobile technology allowing the fall alarm to be used both in and out of the home, means this is the most comprehensive alarm available.

We have reviewed the SureSafeGO and SureSafe 24/7 Connect. The reviews include a hands on experience from a user in the target market, main features, pros & cons, tech specs and more.

Not looking for an alarm with 24/7 monitoring? Prefer an alarm that calls family & friends directly? SureSafe has options for this type of alarm as well. The SureSafeGO Family Monitored alarm can call up to 3 numbers of family and friends. Click here to learn more.

Age Space visitors save £30 on the SureSafeGo 24/7 monitored alarm, or £10 off other alarms 24/7 monitored alarms, when using the link below. With discount, the SureSafeGO 24/7 is £139.95 and the 24/7 Connect is £79 + £45 set-up fee. You can also call SureSafe using 0800 112 3201 and let them know Age Space sent you to get up to £30 off.

  • Fully Mobile
  • Automatic Fall Detection
  • Lightweight and water-resistant
  • GPS Tracking
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2. Careline365

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careline smartlife pendant alarm

Careline365 is a leading provider of personal alarms for the elderly and disabled. They provide a life-saving service up and down the UK, helping thousands of people stay safe and independent in their own homes.

With a range of simple, affordable alarms and accessories, Careline users can rest assured that help is always on hand. The Careline Response Centre is based right here in the UK and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Whether you choose the standard Careline alarm and pendant or the top-of-the-range GPS fall detector alarm, the GO GPS, you’ll receive a platinum level of service all year round.

Careline365 are rated as excellent on Trustpilot from over 1,750 reviews. They’re also fully accredited members of the Telecare Services Association. The service is all about flexibility, with monthly and annual plans available.

We have reviewed two product options from Careline365: the GO GPS alarm and the GSM pendant alarm. Click the links to be directed to those reviews.

The Careline pendant alarm starts from just £13.89 per month, or you can save 3 months by paying annually at £125 (plus a one-off set-up fee of £40). Their GO GPS alarm starts at £214/year and the GSM Alarm at £174/year. Use the code AS15 at checkout for £15 off.

SmartLife Alarm
  • Fully Digital
  • Fully Waterproof
  • Wrist-worn
  • SOS button
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3. Taking Care

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taking care fall alarm personal alarm

Taking Care are the only Which? Trusted Traders Approved personal alarm provider. They work closely with Age UK as the exclusive supplier of the Age Co Personal Alarm Service. They are the largest private provider of personal alarms in the UK, and have three, UK-based, Emergency Resolution Centres to ensure no alarm call goes unanswered. The 24/7 award-winning service is rated ‘excellent’ on Trustpilot, is TSA-accredited and certified to the Quality Standards Framework.

Taking Care have a range of alarm products that can be used at home, in the garden or out and about, including fall sensors (pictured) and GPS personal alarms.

We have reviewed the Taking Care Anywhere Alarm – a mobile GPS alarm. The review includes a hands on experience from a user in the target market, main features, pros & cons, tech specs and more.

When you order online the first month of monitoring is free, with a 30-day no-obligation home trial. You can return it free of charge, anytime within the 30-day period for a full refund.

Prices start from £17.70 per month (£21.24 including VAT), including 24/7 monitoring, lifetime warranty and free delivery. There is a one off set up and registration cost of £69.

  • Fully Mobile
  • Automatic Fall Detection
  • Free pendant included
  • GPS Tracking
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4. Telecare24

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Telecare 24 Personal Alarm

Telecare24 is a national careline alarm provider committed to giving you peace of mind and keeping you safe at home. Recommended by TV’s Dr Hilary Jones, Telecare24 is rated ‘Excellent’ by its customers, with new positive reviews every day.

Personal alarms from Telecare24 are comfortable, lightweight, and easy to use with help available at the press of a button. On the fall alarm plan, the device senses when you have fallen and will automatically call for help. Moments later, the friendly care team will speak to you to determine your situation. If they decide that you need help, they will contact your family, friends, carers or the emergency services.

With free next working day delivery and a speedy ordering process, you could be set up in as little as 24hrs.

We have reviewed the Telecare24 pendant plan. The review includes a hands on experience from a user in the target market, main features, pros & cons, tech specs and more.

Telecare24 plans are available as monthly or yearly plans. There is a one off £45 set-up fee. Prices start at £13.99 / month or you get 3months free on a £120 annual plan. This means that Age Space customers can get started for as little as £48.99 when they use discount code agespace10 and then £13.99 per month afterwards.

Pendant Plan
  • Lightweight and Waterproof
  • Free next-day delivery
  • Available Monthly or Annually
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5. SECOM CareTech

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SECOM CareTech

SECOM CareTech focuses on solutions for safer independent living in the home. Their products include reliable, tried and tested personal alarms and smart home monitoring systems. They benefit from utilising the technology and infrastructure of their parent company – SECOM, a world-leading security technology firm.

Their personal alarm range is simple, reliable, future-proof and puts family first. When the wearer presses an alarm, a predetermined list of family and neighbours will be automatically contacted. If no one answers then the call will be redirected to SECOM CareTech’s 24/7 monitoring team, who have the caller’s information, and will provide reassurance and organise help for them quickly.

SECOM CareTech’s personal alarms are rented, so you only have to pay monitoring costs, and this means if they need repairs or replacements, they will provide them for free. Their range of alarms include simple pendant alarms, fully waterproof fall detectors and a GPS alarm that can be worn away from the home. SECOM CareTech’s alarms also don’t require a landline connection, and so can be placed anywhere there is a mains socket.

You can use AGESPACE10 at checkout to save £10 on your first order.

Their personal alarms start at £17.89 per month with a one-off set up fee of £82.92.

Care GO
  • Fully Mobile
  • Automatic Fall Detection
  • Lightweight and Waterresistant
  • GPS Tracking
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6. Taking Care Mobile Personal Alarm Watch

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Taking Care Mobile Alarm Watch

The Taking Care ‘Out-and-About’ Alarm Watch is a personal alarm, GPS location tracker, activity monitor and more in a the package of a discrete personal alarm watch.

Just like other personal alarms on this page, help from a 24/7 monitoring team is just a button press away. However, this watch fits in some other useful features to reassure you of your loved one’s wellbeing.

For one the ‘Out-and-About’ Alarm Watch enables friends and family to set up ‘safe zones’ that automatically alert them if the device moves outside of pre-set locations. This feature is perfect for wearers living with dementia who might be prone to wandering. Being a GPS alarm also enables the 24/7 emergency monitoring team to precisely pinpoint the wearers location should they ever activate the emergency button. This personal alarm even tracks the wearers daily steps to encourage movement and activity!

The ‘Out-and-About’ personal alarm watch is available from £17.15 monthly or save 10% by paying annually at £185.22. There is also a one off £99.99 set up fee. The personal alarm is purchasable from Taking Care, one of the UK’s largest personal alarm provider who work closely with Age UK.

Mobile Personal Alarm Watch
  • Fully Mobile
  • Automatic Fall Detection
  • Activity Monitor
  • GPS Tracking
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Personal alarms enable elderly relatives to continue to live independently and safely in their own home while also providing reassurance to family members that they can summon help quickly if necessary. Available in different shapes and sizes, with a range of useful extra features or packages, at different price points. Below we have answered some of the frequently asked questions about personal alarms for the elderly.

How do personal alarms work?

What is the difference between a mobile and a landline-based personal alarm?

Are all personal alarms monitored?

What should I consider before purchasing a personal alarm?

How much should a personal alarm for elderly parents cost in the UK?

Do I need to pay VAT on a personal alarm?

Can I get a personal alarm from my local council or authority?

What happens if the emergency call button is pressed accidentally?

Can my relative still use a personal alarm if they have pacemaker?

If you found this useful, you may also find the Age Space guide to 10 of the Best Live-in Care Companies helpful too.

Please note: The ordering of personal alarms on this page is not intended to suggest that any one is better than another. Whichever personal alarm is best for you is a personal choice according to the service they offer and your relative’s needs. To enable Age Space to continue to be a free resource, some links on this page may enable Age Space to earn a commission if a user buys a product.