Call bell alarm systems

Call bell alarm systems for the elderly

We all want the elderly to remain at home for as long as viable. Often an elderly person living alone feels isolated and vulnerable. The risk of a fall or an accident or suddenly feeling extremely unwell is a worry to them. A Community Alarm ensures that help is literally a button away. These systems are often provided by local councils or private organisations such as Age UK for a monthly fee.

How do they work ?

The main monitoring unit is installed using a telephone socket, and the user wears a neck or wrist pendant housing the call button. In the event of a fall or incident where the user needs assistance they simply press the button. A call is generated through to the call centre, they speak to  the person requiring help and alert the nominated people the service user has chosen.

In the event of there being no relative, friend or neighbour to call, the emergency services will attend. My Mother in Law had one of these call bell systems and it meant I was alerted as soon as she had a fall and I was able to go and help her. It not only gave her peace of mind but also us as we knew in an emergency we would be contacted even if she couldn’t get to a phone.


Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.


  1. Thank you Amy, very kind of you to say. I agree that the call bells offer reassurance but I did hear of a 97 year old who fell, wearing his call bell on his wrist and forgot to press it!!

  2. Thank Caron for a very informative blog. Caring for the elderly is very important but often overlooked so having this information will be so helpful to lots of people.I find that bell alarm systems are extremely helpful as like you mentioned they give one peace of mind. It is really reassuring when one knows that just at the press of a button their loved ones can get the help they need.

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