Personal alarms are an established method of keeping older or disabled people safe in their own homes. Should you suffer from a fall, which is now the most common cause of major trauma seen in hospitals, you simply press your pendant and our Care Team will arrange help instantly.
According to the NHS, around one in three people who live at home will suffer at least one fall a year, with half of these people having more frequent falls. This makes having a personal alarm in your home even more important, especially if you live alone.
Personal alarms are subject to a few misconceptions. We don’t want anyone to be hesitant about this life-saving service so to help here is a list of the top 5 myths about personal alarms.
Myth 1: The Lifeline Pendant is ugly/heavy/uncomfortable
This may have been true in the past but certainly isn’t anymore. 20 years ago the Lifeline Pendants were very bulky, much like the other electronics of the day (mobile phones are perhaps the best example).
Modern devices, such as our MyAmie Pendant, are the exact opposite of this. The MyAmie weighs 7 grams, is about the size of a watch face and can we worn comfortably around the wrist or as a necklace. Both attachments are included alongside the alarm.
Such is the discreet design, many of our customers choose to keep their pendants on even when they leave their home. Its size also means that it can easily be tucked underneath your sleeve or underneath your top.
Myth 2: The Lifeline Pendant can’t be worn in the shower
This is another hang-up from days gone by. The MyAmie Pendant is waterproof so it can be used in the shower, while washing up or even in the bath. This is very important as getting in and out of the bath can cause older people some problems.
The slippery nature of the bathroom increases the risk of a fall. Although your pendant will work in the bathroom, we would advise that you take a look at our home safety guide to see how you can reduce the risk of a fall.
Its waterproof feature, alongside its comfortable design, means that there really is no reason to ever take your pendant off. Although some people still believe that…
Myth 3: The Personal Alarm won’t work during a power cut
The personal alarm will still work should a power cut occur. The Lifeline Vi Alarm unit has a back-up battery which has a 40-hour charge. In the event of a power cut, this back-up battery will kick-in to ensure that you can still press your pendant and connect to our Care Team in an emergency situation.
Once power has been restored, the back-up battery will begin to charge once again so that it is fully charged and ready to work if a power cut occurs again.
Myth 4: Personal Alarms don’t work outside
The MyAmie Pendant has a massive range of up to 100 metres, which is more than enough to cover most people’s entire house and garden. This means the alarm user is covered even when doing things like gardening, emptying the bins and collecting the post.
The function also allows you to continue having fun with your grandchildren during the summer months. There’s no need to worry about what could happen if you feel unwell or trip over something as help will be there for you.
Myth 5: Personal Alarms are difficult to install
Once again, modern technology has come to the rescue. The Lifeline Vi Alarm unit is as easy to install as a telephone. It simply plugs into your existing telephone socket and a power socket. You then simply need to connect your telephone to the unit, using the adapter provided.
Most of our customers can do this within a few minutes of their personal alarm arriving. In fact, thanks to our free next day delivery service, you could be up and running with your new alarm within 24 hours of placing your order.
Once everything is connected, you can press the red button on the base unit and the Care Team will respond to take you through your alarm’s first test call. Once complete, you will be covered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Remember your personal alarm has a back-up battery, with a 40 hour charge, that will kick-in during a power cut.
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For more information on purchasing one of our life-saving personal alarms please speak to one of our friendly advisors on 0800 999 0400. Alternatively, complete our contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.