Your Guide To Personal Alarms and Telecare in Ireland

Personal Alarms in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, personal alarms and telecare are available from several suppliers, including TASK Connect based in Lurgan. The 24-hour monitored telecare alarms are available in a digital version, for homes with broadband, and for homes without broadband, a GSM version of the telecare system is available. The GSM alarms work with a SIM card to connect to the 24-hour response centre, eliminating the need for a phoneline or broadband connection for the telecare system to function. The two types of telecare alarms, digital and GSM, are outlined in more detail below.

Telecare For Homes With Digital Broadband

 

For homes equipped with broadband, telecare alarms provide an effective and reliable means of ensuring safety and security for vulnerable individuals throughout Northern Ireland. These systems utilize the home’s internet connection to initiate a connection to a 24-hour monitoring center when a pendant alarm button is pressed.

Key features of digital personal alarms include:

  • Around-the-Clock Connectivity: The broadband-based systems ensure continuous and reliable communication with the 24-hour monitoring center, allowing for prompt response to any emergencies. However, broadband routers typically do not have a backup battery, so during a power failure, the personal alarm may not work. Ensure personal alarm users take extra precautions, such as keeping a mobile phone nearby or arranging for someone to check in until power is restored.
  • Integration with Additional Telecare Devices: In addition to the pendant button, the digital telecare system can connect with other telecare devices in the home, providing a comprehensive safety net. These telecare devices can be added to the telecare system when required, and can usually be programmed at the 24-hour response centre and posted out. Most telecare devices come ready to use and are easy to install.
  • Cost-Effective: Utilizing existing broadband connections eliminates phone charges, making digital telecare alarms one of the most cost-effective methods of 24-hour protection for loved ones.
 

Telecare For Homes Without Broadband (GSM Alarms)

 

Telecare systems for homes without a phone-line in Northern Ireland are called GSM alarms. They are fitted with a SIM card, in a similar way to a mobile phone, and use this method to call the 24-hour response centre. Generally, all calls to the response centre are included in the cost, meaning no additional call charges for the personal alarm user.

The advantage of GSM telecare alarms is their ability to function during a power outage, thanks to a built-in backup battery. For instance, GSM telecare alarms from TASK Connect in Northern Ireland can operate for up to 36 hours with one 30-minute call during a power failure. As long as the mobile network remains functional, these alarms can use the cellular network to contact the 24-hour response centre. This is similar to how mobile phones work during power outages. Unlike mobile phones, elderly users wear the pendant button at all times, ensuring it is always within reach without the need to remember to carry it.

Safety First Telecare™ | Multi-Network Roaming SIM Card

We recommend ensuring that your telecare provider uses a multi-network SIM card (also known as a roaming SIM card) in your GSM telecare alarm. These SIMs are not steered to a specific network, allowing them to connect to the strongest available signal. Should an emergency call fail on one network, the roaming SIM will search for another network (such as O2, Vodafone, Three, or EE in the UK). This significantly increases the reliability of the critical communications path to the response centre. However, GSM alarms are more expensive than digital telecare alarm systems due to the additional hardware needed for this functionality, and also the ongoing SIM card subscription costs.

Key Features of GSM Telecare Alarms:

  • Around-the-Clock Connectivity: GSM telecare systems ensure continuous and reliable communication with the 24/7 response center, allowing for prompt response to any emergencies. They typically have a backup battery, ensuring functionality for several hours during a power failure.
  • Integration with Additional Telecare Devices: In addition to the pendant button, GSM telecare systems can connect with other telecare devices in the home, providing a comprehensive safety net. These devices can be added to the telecare system later and can usually be programmed at the 24-hour response centre and posted out. Most telecare devices come ready to use and are easy to install.
  • Cost-Effective: While utilizing GSM technology incurs additional hardware and SIM costs, these systems offer reliable 24-hour protection for loved ones.
 

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

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. You can access the TASK Connect NI website by clicking the below button.

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