Your Guide To Personal Alarms and Telecare in Ireland

Telecare for Homes with No Phone-line (GSM Alarms)

GSM alarms are now available in Ireland, providing peace of mind for those who no longer have landline services. These alarms are perfect for ensuring safety and emergency response capabilities even without a traditional phone line.

 

How Do GSM Alarms Work?

  1. Press the Emergency Call Button: When you need help, simply press the button on your personal alarm.
  2. Call Connects to a Response Centre: Your call is routed through a SIM card to a 24-hour response centre.
  3. Assistance is Dispatched: Call handlers will contact keyholders or emergency services if you need assistance.

Most GSM personal alarms come with the SIM card pre-installed. Typically, all you need to do is plug the alarm into an electrical socket and perform a test call to ensure everything is working correctly. 

 

Importance of Multi-Network SIMs

Network outages can happen due to various reasons such as call congestion, system failures, or storm damage. To mitigate these risks, it’s essential to use a multi-network SIM in your telecare alarm. These SIMs connect to the strongest available network, significantly increasing the likelihood that your emergency call will go through when needed.

Our Sponsor, TASK Community Care, uses multi-network SIM cards in all GSM telecare systems they provide, ensuring a reliable connection. The alarms are dispatched with the SIM card installed, unless otherwise specified. The SIM includes unlimited call credit for all alarm activations, so you won’t have to worry about unexpected charges. Once you purchase the GSM alarm, the annual costs are as follows [correct at time of publishing and last reviewed in June 2024]:

  • 24-Hour Monitoring: €66 per year
  • SIM Contract: €72 per year (€6 per month)

 

Funded Telecare Alarms in Ireland

In the Republic of Ireland, the cost of personal alarms, including GSM alarms, are funded under the Seniors Alert Scheme for those aged 65 or over. This scheme also covers the cost of 24-hour monitoring for the first year. You’ll only need to pay for the SIM contract, which is usually around €6 per month. Visit our Seniors Alert Scheme page for further details on how to get a government grant funded GSM telecare alarm. You can also learn more about GSM telecare alarms here.

Last Updated: 21 June 2024

Welcome to Telecare.ie, your comprehensive guide to pendant alarms and telecare solutions in Ireland. Our resources and information are also valuable to readers in the UK and beyond.

We are proudly supported by Ireland’s longest-established telecare company, TASK Community Care. Based in County Meath, and with their NI counterpart, TASK Connect, in Lurgan, TASK supplies top-quality telecare equipment and offers a 24-hour telecare monitoring service throughout Ireland and the UK.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi,
    I am not a senior but I want to get a personal alarm as I have health issues and I live alone. Is that possible and what is the annual fee and is there a set up charge?
    Appreciate your help

    Helen

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