In our latest customer case study we speak with 67-year-old Sandra Watts. Our case studies are designed to give an insight into the lives of our customers so that more people can understand the difference a personal alarm can make.
Sandra lives in a village close to Wisbech with her pet dog Bella, who you can see in the lovely photo provided alongside this case study.
Explaining more about herself, Sandra said: "I retired early to look after my disabled parents until their death. I was a legal clerk mostly dealing with conveyancing, but I actually have experience in all areas of the law.
"I have osteoarthritis affecting most of my body, so I need to use a mobility scooter outdoors and to walk my dog. In my spare time I like to read and watch TV, as well as having outings with my family."
For those of you who may be unaware, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis here in the United Kingdom. The main symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, with different cases being more severe than others - making it difficult to carry out everyday activities.
Before joining our service Sandra would text her brother on a daily basis to let him know that everything was okay, but following a recent incident at her Cambridgeshire home she was keen improve her safety.
Sandra explained: "I used to text one of my brothers every morning as a sign that I was okay. This changed however after a recent accident in my home. I realised after I had text him that if I did not have any visitors during the day I could end up being on the floor, badly injured, for 24 hours or more. Not only was I concerned for myself but also for my dog! Also as my brother is now quite ill he is not really in a position to offer much assistance and as his wife still works part-time, it may be that even if I could ring him I may not get an answer.
As it was, I was on the floor for two and a half hours until the paramedics arrived - in great discomfort and pain. I am not able to get up if I fall as I am not able to bend or kneel. The mobile phone signal in this area is also very poor and although I carry my mobile with me at all times, I was not able to get a signal on this occasion. Luckily I was able to reach my helping hand stick and reach the landline to call my neighbour. However if the fall had happened somewhere where a landline was not near to hand I would have been stuck were I was."
Following this terrible experience, Sandra came to Lifeline24 and bought a personal alarm on our Monthly Plan. Even though she has only had the system installed for a few weeks, it has already had a positive effect on her everyday life.
She said: "I feel a lot more confident and much safer with the pendant alarm around my neck. Even if someone broke into the house I could just press the button and help would be arranged straight away, which might deter any burglar.
"Of course, I hope that this will never happen but when you are on your own you do feel at risk sometimes. Now I have a personal alarm I know that I can call for help no matter what the circumstances are."
Sandra, like all of our customers, is now covered by our highly-trained Response Team. Our team work 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to ensure that help is always available to personal alarm users should they need it.
When asked to give feedback on the service she had received Sandra was full of praise and also had a message to share to those who may be undecided about adding an alarm to their home.
She said: "I would definitely give the ordering process at Lifeline24 a ten out ten as it was very easy to complete. The alarm itself was also quite simple to install at my home. What I would say about buying a personal alarm is that there is nothing to worry about. The freedom and confidence that comes with it is worth more than anything else!"
If you are interested in ordering a personal alarm, either for yourself or for a loved one, then please give our friendly sales team a call today on 0800 999 0400 – or complete our contact form and a member of the team will be in touch as soon as possible.
Remember to use the discount code BLOG2017 when you order a personal alarm on a Monthly or Annual Plan to receive £10 off.