Pendant Alarms for Elderly

Pendant alarms for elderly people are probably the most well know type of telecare device. They alarms are simple to use, easy to install and affordable. These emergency alerting devices 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.


A telecare pendant alarm is made up of two parts, the pendant/wristband worn by the older person, and a telecare two-way speech unit, usually located in the bedroom or hallway of the person’s home. Pendant alarms for elderly people generally work in the following way:


Step #1 – When you need help you press the button on your pendant alarm. This transmits a signal to the two-way speech unit


Step #2 – A call is placed to a CareLink 24/7 Monitoring Centre through the two-way speech unit


Step #3 – Trained CareLink 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 immediately contact a nominated person or the emergency services to check on you


The ‘What is Telecare’ animated video below, explains how pendant alarms for elderly people work.



More advanced telecare equipment can also be purchased with your elderly alarm as part of an overall telecare system. These can include various sensors that can detect and minimise risks around your home. They can include automatic fall detectors, smoke detectors, Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms, and flood detectors, all linked to a 24/7 CareLink Monitoring Centre.


Our What is Telecare page includes further information about different types of pendant alarms for elderly people, how telecare works and what to expect in a telecare system. Or to find out how to purchase your pendant alarm see our How to get Telecare page explaining how to buy elderly alarms. Details on grant funding in Ireland for pendant alarms for elderly people is also included there.