Emergency call device enables independence and self-reliance
Personal alarms notify healthcare professionals in emergency situations, creating a safe environment for citizens and empowering them to live an independent life in their own homes. The Danish company CEKURA offers citizens a personal-alarm service that combines the latest technology with care provided by a caregiver. At the core of the service is a wireless button that can be installed in the private homes of elderly citizens or at municipal rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. For instance, the service has been implemented successfully in all nursing homes and home-care services in Svendborg Municipality in the Region of Southern Denmark. The alarm is a wireless device that allows the user to contact a central monitoring station with a single click of a button. If the citizen experiences an emergency situation, such as a fall or heart attack, or feels unwell, pressing the button will immediately alert a healthcare professional, who will then be shown a complete action plan on his or her screen, including the citizen’s profile, location, disease history, and emergency contact. This enables the healthcare team to provide the right help as quickly as possible. The monitoring station provides more than just emergency help. One of its core tasks is to support citizens in other aspects of everyday life, such as reminding or motivating them to do their daily exercises and having their meals and medicines on time. The staff is also available when a citizen is feeling sad or would just like to talk. This type of support increases citizens’ sense of well-being, reduce anxiety, and motivate them to do daily tasks – in turn supporting them to remain independent and self-reliant in their own homes.