Monitors and alarms at home

Get monitors, alarms and sensors in your home to alert someone if you have a fall or need help.  You can wear some alarm buttons so help is always in reach, 24 hours a day.

Get a monitor in your home

To get a monitor, alarm or sensor in your home, contact Herts Careline.  They'll talk to you about your day-to-day life to see what sort of equipment is right for you.

If you have a social worker, chat to them first about getting a monitor or alarm.

How these monitors and sensors work

You can wear some alarm buttons around your neck, as a brooch or on your wrist.

Different sensors can detect:

  • movement in a room
  • rooms getting hotter or colder quickly
  • smoke or carbon monoxide
  • floods in the bathroom.

You can even get equipment to:

  • turn on the light when you get out of bed
  • call for help if you're worried about a stranger at your door
  • remind you to take your tablets on time.

Who is on the other end of the alarm?

Your equipment will connect to a trained operator who will talk to you.  They will contact a family member, carer, neighbour or the emergency services.

You can nominate whoever you want for the operators to call.  They just need to live close enough to you that they can come round if needed.

Equipment cost?

If you get a monitor, alarm or sensor from Herts Careline, the equipment will be installed for free.  You'll then need to pay a small fee each month.  Herts Careline will explain the cost when you contact them.

You can also buy equipment like this yourself, but they might be a bit more expensive. Organisations such as Age UK offer personal alarm services.

Finally, it'd be worth contacting your district or borough council as they might run their own community alarm service in your area.