Your Guide To Personal Alarms and Telecare in Ireland

Pendant Alarms for Elderly Individuals

Pendant alarms for elderly people are probably the most well-known type of telecare device. These alarms are simple to use, easy to install, and affordable. They can be used anytime you need help at home and can’t reach a telephone. Many elderly people have a pendant alarm installed after suffering a fall at home.

Pendant Alarm Systems Without a Phone Line

You can have a pendant alarm system installed regardless of whether or not you have a phone line at home. Modern telecare systems include broadband-based telecare alarms, and GSM telecare alarms for homes with no phone-lines or broadband, which use mobile networks to communicate. This flexibility ensures that no matter your home setup, you can benefit from the safety and security that telecare devices provide.

A telecare pendant alarm system consists of two parts:

1. The pendant alarm button or wristband worn by the older person

2. The telecare two-way speech hub, usually located in the bedroom or hallway of the person’s home. 

Here's how pendant alarms for elderly people work:

  1. Press the Button: When you need help, press the button on your pendant alarm. This transmits a signal to the two-way speech unit.

  2. Call to Monitoring Centre: A call is placed to a CareLink 24/7 Monitoring Centre through the two-way speech unit.

  3. Response and Assistance: Trained Telecare Operators will talk to you through the two-way speech unit. If you need help or if they do not hear a response, they will try to contact you on your mobile or home phone. If there is still no response, they will contact one of your nominated contacts to check on you.

Choosing the Right Pendant Alarm

When selecting a pendant alarm, consider the following factors:

Range: Ensure the device has a sufficient range to cover all areas of the home, including the garden if necessary. The range of the pendant buttons provided by our sponsor Task Community Care, is up to 300 meters from the two-way speech hub. And remember if the call candlers can’t hear you when you activate your pendant alarm button, they will contact your nominated emergency contacts.

Water Resistance: Since many falls happen in the bathroom, a waterproof alarm can be crucial.

Battery Life: Check the battery life of the pendant and base unit. Pendant alarm button batteries can typically last up to 5 years.

Battery replacements: Some suppliers include free battery replacements, while others may charge for this.

Why Choose Pendant Alarms?

Ease of Use: One of the key benefits of pendant alarms is their simplicity. They are designed with user-friendliness in mind, ensuring that elderly individuals can operate them without any hassle. A single press of a button can alert emergency services or a designated caregiver.

Quick Installation: Installing a pendant alarm is straightforward and can usually be done without professional help. This means you can have the device up and running in no time, providing peace of mind for both the user and their family.

Affordability: Compared to other telecare devices, pendant alarms are cost-effective. They provide an essential service without breaking the bank, making them accessible for many families.

Pendant alarms typically consist of a wearable device, often in the form of a necklace or wristband, and a base unit connected to the phone line. When the alarm button is pressed, a signal is sent to the base unit, which then contacts a monitoring center or a predetermined emergency contact.

The Pendant Button and Central Hub of a Telecare System

Benefits of Pendant Alarms

Immediate Assistance: In the event of an emergency, time is of the essence. Pendant alarms provide a direct line to help, reducing response times and potentially saving lives.

Increased Independence: With a pendant alarm, elderly individuals can maintain their independence, knowing that help is just a button press away. This can significantly improve their quality of life and confidence in managing day-to-day activities.

Peace of Mind for Families: Knowing that their loved one has a pendant alarm can alleviate the stress and worry for family members, allowing them to feel more at ease with their elderly relative living alone.

Other telecare devices can also be added...

In addition to the pendant alarm button, other telecare devices can also be purchased as part of an overall telecare system. This includes various sensors that can detect and minimize risks around your home and can include automatic fall detectors, smoke detectors, Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms, and flood detectors. All telecare devices are linked to the 24-hour response centre via the two-way speech hub, the central part of any telecare system.


Pendant alarms are a vital telecare device for elderly individuals, offering a simple, affordable, and effective solution for ensuring safety at home. By providing immediate access to help, they enable greater independence and provide peace of mind for both users and their families. If you’re considering a telecare solution for yourself or a loved one, a pendant alarm could be the perfect choice.

For more information on the best pendant alarms available and how to choose the right one, you can vist our What is Telecare page, or contact us.

Welcome to, 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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