How personal alarms are helping the sandwich generation maintain a healthy balance between looking after their children and elderly parents

If you’re feeling the pressure of looking after your parents and your kids, you’re not alone. Today, around 2.4 million Brits are part of what’s known as the “sandwich generation”. 

Increases in life expectancy coupled with delays in starting a family mean more of us are finding ourselves with these twin demands on our time and energy. 

Deciding to get your elderly parent a personal alarm

No one wants to think about their parents growing old. The realisation that your parents are not as young as they used to be is difficult for anyone to take. 

If your parents are like most senior Britons, then they will desire to stay in their own homes for as long as possible – maintaining their independence. How can you make sure that they are happy and safe in their senior years? A personal alarm system for the elderly is one such solution. A personal alarm that gives your loved ones the safety and security should an emergency occur. A personal alarm that gives you the peace of mind that help is at hand, at the push of a button, should they need it. 

Benefits for you of getting your elderly parent a personal alarm 

  • Reducing your worry of if your parents are okay  
  • Allowing you to spend more time with your own growing family  
  • Being able to check in on them virtual at anytime  
  • Knowing that your parents can contact you within seconds in the event of an emergency  
  • Peace of mind  


Benefits for them of getting a personal alarm 

  • Being able to maintain their independence 
  • Being able to continue to live at home for as long as possible   
  • Reassurance of help in an emergency  
  • Comfortable to wear  


Different types of personal alarms  

Personal alarm watch  

Guardian II allows you to make a call, send a voice message and monitor your heart rate — all without your phone. And now you can complete a call to emergency services almost anywhere in the world, just by pressing and holding the side SOS button. Most importantly the watch is discreet and fashionable, so the wearer is not being identified as being vulnerable. 

  • Stay connected when you’re away from your loved ones. 
  • Emergency SOS Button 
  • Smart GPS Tracking 
  • Heart Rate Monitor. 
  • IP67 Waterproof - Can use in the shower or bath. 
  • 4+ days battery life in manual mode 
  • Slim, discrete, fashionable and comfortable to wear 
  • Carers can monitor the watch from the Guardian APP 
  • Pre-Installed CPR Chameleon SIM with £3 of credit - One Sim all Networks 
  • Works straight out of the box 

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Personal alarm pendants  


A personal alarm pendant, despite its name, can be worn around the wrist or the neck. They are ideal for the elderly, disabled, chronically ill or people who just need a little bit of reassurance to remain independent at home. 

Pendant alarms have been proven to be effective. They work as follows: 

The user of the alarm needs help, so they activate the pendant they are wearing. 

An alarm call is received almost immediately by our 24-hour monitoring centre. 

The monitoring centre try to communicate with the alarm user by speaking to them over the base unit's loudspeaker. 

The monitoring centre then arrange help in the form of family, friends, neighbours or the emergency services. 


Personal alarm pebble  

The PEBBELL is a personal tracking device that combines roaming GSM (mobile communication) and GPS (satellite-based navigation) technologies and is the size of a key fob. It has a fall down monitor and an SOS button for emergencies. It can also transmit its location by SMS or continually by GPRS data connection. 




Personal Alarm bracelet   

Your wristband has alert buttons, a fall sensor, and works with your smart phone through a secure, personalised app where you select the people who you’d like to connect with. 

If you press the alert buttons for help, or if the system detects that you may have fallen, a message is immediately sent to the people you care about (the connections you’ve chosen). Your wristband and phone also notify you that an alert has been raised, which you can easily cancel if you decide it was not necessary. 

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