Anyone can have a fall. As we get older we are more vulnerable and likely to fall. Most falls don't result in a serious injury, but there is always a risk that falling can cause the person to lose confidence. There are a range of alarms and sensors which can be used to alert a carer or relative that you may be about to fall, making sure you get help as soon as possible. 

Equipment to prevent you from falling

There are several types of movement alarms and sensors available that can help sound an alarm:

  • Alarms with a pressure sensitive mat that can placed under a mattress or on a chair, and will set off an alarm if you get out of bed or up from the chair
  • Other alarms which are placed under a mattress can detect when you’ve left your bed, and start a timer. They can be set to alert a carer or relative in another part of your home that you have got up from a bed and not returned
  • Alarms used to detect movement in a particular area of a room or house. They work via a passive infrared detector, which activates the alert when the beam is broken, or a pressure sensitive mat
  • Alarms which sound an alert if you go through a door are also available
  • Chair occupancy sensors work by sensitive mats being placed on your chair or wheelchair. When you stand up, they notify a carer by triggering a pager.

Adapting your home to make it safe

It’s important to make sure your home is as safe as possible to move around in to prevent any risk of falling. This might include installing extra hand rails to hold on to, levelling out steep paths, or adapting your shower and toilet so they’re easy to use.  


Getting out and about

It may be a good idea to take a mobile phone with you when you go out, to make it easier for you to call for help if you have an accident or an emergency. If you don't have a mobile phone already and are worried it may be complicated to use, there are simple phones available and they can be set up with all the numbers you need to know. Ask your family or friends to help you choose a suitable mobile phone and set it up for you.

Emergency alarms

You could also get a telecare alarm which is linked to a telephone alarm unit which, when activated, automatically generates an emergency call. You wear it as a pendant around your neck or as a wrist band, and keep it close during the night, so you can call for help simply by pressing a button. This sends an alarm to the Careline control centre where staff can arrange for you to get the help you need immediately, whatever the time of day. 


Further information:

Useful contacts:

Richmond Council Adult Access Team
Address: Adult Social Services, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ
Phone: 020 8891 7971
Minicom: 18001 020 8891 7971

Address: Disabled Living Foundation, Unit 1, 34 Chatfield Road Wandsworth London SW11 3SE
Phone: 0300 999 0004