Your Guide To Personal Alarms and Telecare in Ireland

GSM Telecare Alarms

For Homes Without a Phoneline or Broadband​

If you’re one of the increasing number of people who have dropped your landline services, having a GSM telecare alarm system installed means you can still have peace of mind in an emergency. 

Like other telecare systems, GSM alarms can access 24-hour help for you in an emergency. The main difference is that these alarms use a SIM card instead of your phone line. GSM telecare alarms are a modern and highly effective solution for ensuring the safety and well-being of elderly individuals, especially those who live alone or are at risk of falls. 

GSM Telecare Alarms Use A Mobile Network To Connect

How Do GSM Telecare Alarms Work?

GSM telecare alarms consist of a wearable device, such as a pendant or wristband, and a base unit equipped with a GSM module (i.e., the part that contains a SIM card). Most GSM personal alarms are dispatched with the SIM already installed. Often, all you need to do is plug your GSM alarm into an electrical socket and carry out a test call. They work in the same way as a standard telecare system:

  1. Press the emergency call button on your personal alarm or pendant/writband.
  2. Your call connects to call handlers in a 24-hour response center. This is done via the SIM that is inside the GSM unit.
  3. If you need assistance, the call handlers in the telecare centre will contact your nominated keyholders or the emergency services.

Does the GSM Alarm Need a Specific Type of SIM Card?

There are three main mobile providers in Ireland: Three Ireland, eirMobile, and Vodafone Ireland. While a SIM card from one of these providers can be suitable for your mobile phone, for a personal alarm, you’ll want a backup if one network goes down. For this reason, it’s highly recommended to use a multi-network SIM (also called a roaming SIM). A multi-network SIM attaches to the strongest available network, tripling the likelihood of your emergency call connecting when you need help the most. Network outages can occur for various reasons, such as call congestion, system failures, or storm damage. The downdetector.ie website lists recently reported outages and issues.

Benefits of GSM Telecare Alarms

Accessibility: GSM telecare alarms are perfect for homes without landline or broadband connectivity, ensuring that everyone can benefit from telecare services. This makes them an ideal choice for modern households that rely solely on mobile communications.

Reliability: By using mobile networks, GSM telecare alarms offer a reliable connection to emergency services or designated contacts. They should include a backup battery, which means that even during a power failure, the alarm will continue to work, ensuring continuous protection.

Easy Installation: GSM telecare alarms are simple to install and do not require any complicated wiring or technical setup. They typically come with a SIM card pre-installed, ready to use out of the box. Often all you will need to do is plug the alarm into an electrical socket and carry out a test call to the 24-hour response centre.

Two-Way Communication: As with other telecare systems, the GSM telecare alarms typically feature two-way voice communication, allowing users to speak directly with emergency call-handlers. This provides reassurance and enables assessment of the situation.

How Much Does a Multi-Network SIM Cost?

In the Republic of Ireland, personal alarms, including GSM alarms, are funded under the Seniors Alert Scheme for over 65s, including 24-hour monitoring for your first year. You’ll only have to pay for the SIM contract (usually around €6 per month). However in year two you will also have to pay for the monitoring service (around €66 annually at the time of writing). If you’re not eligible for funding or need urgent delivery of your personal alarm, you can purchase your alarm directly through a telecare company, such as TASK Community Care. TASK uses only multi-network SIMs in their GSM alarms, ensuring the highest reliability.

Choosing the Right GSM Telecare Alarm

When selecting a GSM telecare alarm, consider the following factors:

Multi-Network SIM: Ensure the device comes with a multi-network SIM to provide the most reliable connection. This type of SIM can connect to the strongest available network, ensuring your alarm works even if one network experiences an outage.

Battery Backup: Look for devices with long-lasting battery backup. Our sponsor, TASK Community Care, provides GSM alarms with backup batteries that last up to 36 hours during a power outage, including one 30-minute call. This ensures continuous protection even in emergencies.

Ease of Use: The alarm should be simple to operate, especially for elderly users. Look for large, easily accessible buttons and clear, straightforward instructions to make the device user-friendly.

GSM telecare alarms are a vital tool for ensuring the safety and independence of elderly individuals, particularly those who may not have access to a landline phone. By leveraging mobile network technology, these alarms provide reliable, flexible, and accessible emergency assistance. Whether you are looking to enhance the safety of a loved one or seeking a dependable telecare solution for yourself, GSM telecare alarms offer peace of mind and immediate help when it’s needed most.

For more information on the best GSM telecare alarms available and expert advice on choosing the right one, feel free to contact us or explore our website.

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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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