There are currently more than 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK, with many more at risk of suffering a stroke in the future. Thankfully, stroke survival rates are improving every year and many stroke survivors today are able to continue living independently in their own homes.
For these individuals, a personal alarm can be an important piece of life-saving equipment. Lifeline24’s alarm service helps thousands of people in the UK to live safely and independently at home for as long as possible. When stroke strikes, time is of the essence. Having a personal alarm in place means that people at risk of a stroke can get the help they need as quickly as possible.
Tony has been using a personal alarm since he had his first TIA back in 2016. After his TIA, he made a quick recovery and was able to resume his active lifestyle at home. Having had one mini-stroke, Tony knew that he was at risk of having another in the future.
He decided to install a Lifeline alarm system so he could feel safe in his home and garden. Tony lives by himself, so it was important that he had a way to call for help if he ever needed it.
In 2019, Tony had a second TIA. Once again, he was lucky enough to make a quick recovery and return home. However, this time he was concerned that the TIAs might start to happen more frequently.
Tony, a keen walker and cyclist, wanted to be sure that he was protected while out and about as well as at home. With this in mind, he decided to upgrade to a GPS-enabled alarm: the Lifeline GO.
The GO GPS alarm doesn’t rely on a landline connection. Instead, it uses the mobile phone network to contact the Lifeline Response Team. The built-in GPS allows the Response Team to send help to the user’s precise location. This technology can help people like Tony across the UK to maintain their independence after a stroke or TIA.
Now, with his GPS alarm, Tony can continue cycling, walking the Norfolk Coastal Path, and tending to his allotment with total peace of mind. If he has a fall or suffers another TIA, help will be on the way with just the touch of a button.
The GPS alarm provides reassurance for his loved ones too – they know that they will be notified if Tony presses the alarm. For extra reassurance, he opted for an alarm with a built-in Fall Detector. The alarm is programmed to his height and can detect a sudden drop in altitude. This will raise the alarm automatically in the event of a fall, without the need to press the pendant button.
"Having had two TIAs, I’m very aware that I am at risk of having a stroke in the future," Tony explained. "My Lifeline alarm gives me the confidence to keep doing the things I love, knowing that help will be on the way if I need it."
This new partnership will see Lifeline24 donating money to the Stroke Association for every personal alarm purchased by or on behalf of a stroke survivor or someone at risk of a stroke.
If you know someone who could benefit from a personal alarm, or want to read more about our partnership with Lifeline24, visit our website.
Other personal alarm suppliers are available. Lifeline24 believes the products they offer provide excellent benefits, which will give the majority of customers’ peace of mind as they rebuild their lives after stroke.