GPS alarms provide personal safety everywhere and are the ideal way to stay safe whether you’re at home or exploring the great outdoors. You can use them anywhere; at home, in the garden, when you’re shopping, out walking or even driving, with just a press of a button.
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A GPS alarm is a device that allows you to call for emergency help at the press of a button while you are out and about and on the go. They are typically worn around the neck on a lanyard or chain, around your wrist like a watch, or attached to clothing or a key ring.
GPS alarms have built-in speakerphones, which means you can speak to the person on the other end of the call through the device to get the help that you need.
GPS alarms are used every day by thousands of people around the UK who want to maintain their independence while out and about or in their homes, reassured that help is at hand wherever they are.
What does a GPS alarm do?
When a GPS alarm is activated, it uses the mobile phone network to connect you to an emergency contact or, in the case of Telecare24, a dedicated care team who can organise any help you may need.
In the background, the device also shares your location, meaning you can get help wherever you are in the UK (so long as there is a mobile network signal).
GPS alarms are a lifeline that grants peace of mind to the user and loved ones that help is always available, even when you’re out and about.
If you are out on the go, at home or in your garden, a GPS alarm gives you a lifeline when you need it. Many GPS alarms also have fall detection technology, meaning they can automatically activate if you suffer a heavy fall while you are out and about.
Unlike regular pendant or fall alarms, GPS alarms use the mobile phone network to connect you and, when activated, use built-in GPS technology to share your precise location so you can get the help you need wherever you are.
At Telecare24, we program the GPS alarm for you before we dispatch it, so it’s ready to use out of the box straight away.
Who do GPS alarms call for help?
Most GPS alarms will contact a monitoring service (also known as a ‘careline service’) when activated. These careline services, like Telecare24, provide a 24/7 lifeline to users who may not have friends or family nearby when they are in distress and need help.
The best careline services will first respond by speaking to you via the device to check that you are okay. If they are unable to communicate with you, they will try contacting friends or loved ones. A careline service may call the emergency services on your behalf if the situation warrants it.
Sometimes GPS alarms can be programmed to alert a carer or loved one directly, but this is not the case with GPS alarms provided by Telecare24.
How do GPS alarms affect my privacy?
Some GPS alarms are also considered tracking devices or ‘GPS trackers’ and share your location regularly.
At Telecare24, our GPS alarm only shares your location with our monitoring team when you call for help, protecting your privacy the rest of the time.
Do GPS alarms detect falls?
Depending on the model, GPS alarms can include built-in fall sensors that activate a call for help when a heavy fall is detected.
Some providers may charge you extra to enable this feature in a GPS alarm.
Unlike some of our competitors, Telecare24 won’t charge you extra for enabling the fall sensor within your GPS alarm – we switch it on straight away, so it is already included in the cost of the plan.
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A GPS alarm is perfect for people that lead relatively active lifestyles and get out and about but want an extra measure of reassurance that help is at hand should anything happen.
A lot of people that use GPS alarms are perfectly healthy people who just want to maintain their independence outdoors as well as at home. GPS alarms give you confidence knowing that if you need help, you can get it easily.
Because when you know help is always at hand, nowhere is off-limits.
What does a GPS alarm look like?
Personal GPS alarms are small and lightweight devices that can be worn or carried, depending on the model and your preference. Sizes can vary, but GPS alarms typically range from the size of a watch face to a small mobile phone.
Wearable GPS alarms are typically worn around the neck on a lanyard or chain, or around the wrist like a watch. Some GPS alarms can simply be carried either in a pocket or by attaching to your clothes, a belt clip, or to a key ring.
How many people can use a GPS alarm?
GPS alarms are designed to be used by one and the same person only. This enables careline services, like us, to provide a personalised level of care to the user when an alarm is activated.
How do you order a GPS alarm?
GPS alarms can be ordered from Telecare24 and delivered, free of charge, the next working day.