Panic Alarms for the Elderly: Don't Panic!

21 December 2015

Feeling safe at home has always been a high priority, from  children to adults to seniors. That shouldn’t change as we venture into the realm of old age. If anything, it is even more important.

Sight, stability, mobility and memory are all areas that can cause problems as we grow older. Whether we are remaining in our own home or moving into a care home, knowing assistance is right there should we need it is an essential element to be taken into consideration.

Shouting for help is not an option. The chances of someone being in literal earshot are slim, especially in an environment where there is plenty of other noise. Needing help and not being able to reach it can lead to distress, to injuries, to illness… Not an ideal situation for anyone.

Don’t Panic!

Verbally calling for assistance is not enough, even if you can still shout loudly. No one ever said your voice goes as you age! There are a number of alarms available to help monitor different areas of the house, but they are useless if you are in a completely different room.

This is where a panic alarm comes into its own.

Panic alarms come in a number of different forms and connect to a number of different receivers. Whether it is on a wrist strap or a lanyard, they are easy to keep with you at all times and are unobtrusive for when everything is calm. Having it strapped to you means it cannot fall out of a pocket nor can it be forgotten when you move from one room to another.

Some are connected to pagers. Some are connected to call-phones. All ensure someone hears your call for help. With a variety of distances available, panic alarms can be used around the house or stretch to wander outside.

In a Flap

The beauty with panic alarms is that you don’t have to be panicking to use one. Something as simple as requiring assistance is enough to press the alarm, alerting someone to your need for aid.

But they are also ideal for times when things get out of hand. Suffering from a fall or coming over ill means you require someone to be alerted immediately, but you are no position to seek them out for yourself. With the press of a button, a phone will ring, a pager will vibrate and someone will be informed that something has gone wrong.

With the reassurance that help is only a finger’s movement away, those who are more vulnerable can have their confidence restored. They can move around, they can go out; they can have their independence and freedom knowing that if they need assistance, it is always within earshot.

There are a range of panic alarms for the elderly available through Care Alarms. Take a look for yourself.