There is a wide range of equipment and assistive technology that can be used in your home to make your life easier and to help you stay independent. In addition to traditional telecare alarms, smart devices - such as Alexa and Siri - have a wealth of features that can make living independently so much easier.
This equipment provides you, your carers, family and friends, with the reassurance that help is available to you for every-day tasks and in an emergency 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- smart speakers and devices
- personal safety and emergency alarms
- medication dispensers
- personal fall and motion detectors
- out of zone and not safe zone alarms, GPS watches and alarms
- response reminders for taking medication and blood pressure
- flood detectors (for overflowing baths)
- temperature and heat detectors to monitor excessively high or low temperatures in the home
- epilepsy monitor
- lamp sensors (switches on and off when you get in or out of bed)
- bed or chair occupancy sensor (raises an alert if you have been out of bed/chair for a certain time)
- enuresis sensor to detect moisture for incontinence
- smoke, gas and carbon monoxide detectors - will do a home safety check and fit smoke detectors for residents over 65 and those who are vulnerable.
- clocks with time and date to set personal reminders to help forgetfulness
- bogus caller or panic button. A discreet alarm you can press if you are concerned about strangers or noise at night.
How to buy
- Search online and view a list of suppliers. Compare prices and read reviews before you buy.
- For larger items, get 2 or 3 quotes and try the product before you buy, where possible.
- Always check warranties, servicing and maintenance arrangements.
The suppliers listed are not endorsed by us - it's just to help you get started. For peace of mind you can search for equipment and services in the Trading Standards approved.
Find services and support near you
The Live Well Directory has information on home adaptations, equipment and aids, and services to support independent living.
Specialist organisations and charities
The following organisations provide free and impartial information about services and equipment for people with a disability, older people and those who support them.