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Emergency alarms failing people who live alone

People living alone are at risk of having accidents/falls and not being found or not being able to get help- this is all the more pertinent with people being isolated at home due to Covid-19 social distancing/shielding guidelines.

Emergency pendant alarms can help with this in some cases, but people often forget to wear them or forget to press the button when they need help. I wondered if having voice-activated alert systems might be more appropriate for many people who may instinctively call out for 'help' or for a relative (loved-ones' names could be listed as 'activation' words). This could be connected to existing alarm systems or gadgets such as Alexa/Google Home/Siri.

edited on Jun 9, 2020 by Rebekah Estaugh
Rebekah Estaugh

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Amanda Picknell Jun 9, 2020

What a great idea!

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Louise Savage Jun 9, 2020

What a fantastic idea. My mum has falls and forgets to put her button. She has an Alexa and uses it. This would be ideal

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Nigel Pilcher Jun 9, 2020

I think this is a great idea, many people forget or don't want to wear falls pendants or bracelets

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Leanne Stephens Jun 9, 2020

This is a great idea, that could not only be used in people's own homes but could be scaled up to work in residential care.

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Jane Radford Jun 10, 2020

Brilliant idea

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Jane Radford Jun 10, 2020

This will be great for people who do not wish or do not have the ability to use a pendant

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Margaret Booth Jun 13, 2020

Definitely worth investigating.
https://www.facebook.com/288187061386366/posts/1404931616378566/

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Jennifer Bute 9 months ago

This sounds a simple idea but that is how it needs to be We have pendants where I live and we can indeed forget to wear them. I have Alexa in alley rooms so that would be brilliant

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Lesley Heath 6 months ago

apparently there are alarms that automatically pick up on the person falling already out there?

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