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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice

Technology to help - getting out and about

Careline - if you are close to home (within 100 meters)

A careline can alert a monitoring centre and call for assistance if needed. The simplest form of a careline is a personal alarm, which includes a button on a pendant or wrist strap and a base unit that works with your telephone system.

You can press the button if you need help, for example, if you have fallen over and can't get up or if you feel unwell or unsafe. Pressing the button will contact a monitoring centre and a speaker on the base unit will let you talk to them. The monitoring centre will then call a family member, friend or the emergency services, depending on what you need.

Carelines generally have a range of about 100 meters from the base unit, so you can use it if you are in the house or garden.

Devices if you are further away from home

There are lots of devices that can help you if you are worried about needing help when you're out and about. They work by using mobile phone technology, so you can use them when you're away from home.

As well as giving you an SOS button to press if you need it (just like a careline), some devices can also track your location using GPS. This helps the monitoring centre to know where you are if you raise an alert. Alerts can be set to go straight to your family or carer instead of a monitoring centre if you would prefer. 

Some devices will also detect if you fall over and will raise an alert.

Where to find equipment

We have a directory of equipment suppliers who you can buy equipment from directly.

Contact us if you would like to talk to someone about equipment and technology.

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