07:31 Friday 03 May 2013

Keep Britain in bloom

Written byAge UK

Personal Alarms can provide peace of mind to green fingered Brits.

During the bank holiday weekend, many gardeners up and down the country will be out tending to their plants. With the to do list ever growing, from mowing the lawn, to re-planting the vegetable patch or cleaning up the patio, gardening is just one way to remain active.

Being older or needing extra support shouldn’t bring an end to this enjoyment. For anyone who is worried or would like the reassurance of knowing they can stay in touch in the garden – technology can help. A mobile phone is one option – or a personal alarm, which can help in the garden or in the house - is another.

Jane Wearing, Personal Alarm user commented: “I had an Age UK Personal Alarm installed a number of years ago and it enables me to carry on doing all the things I enjoy, particularly walking in the garden. My Personal Alarm pendant gives me that extra sense of security to be able to do this and not worry. Whether I am in the house or garden I know that I can get help instantly if I need it.”

Gordon Morris, Managing Director of Age UK Enterprises, said: “Nothing should stop people getting outside and enjoying their gardens over the bank holiday weekend – not even the temperamental British weather! Whatever you turn your hand to in the garden this year a personal alarm helps people across the country maintain their independence, whatever their age.”

With the Age UK Personal Alarm Service people can get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It works by connecting a customer to a dedicated Response Centre which is staffed round the clock. Already more than 45,000 people use a Personal Alarm and benefit from knowing that they can get immediate assistance. It helps older people who live on their own retain their independence, and it also gives family, friends and neighbours peace of mind about their loved ones.

The Age UK Personal Alarm costs from £49 plus £44 per quarter. This includes full maintenance and replacement. If you would like more information visit www.ageuk.org.uk/alarm or call 0800 169 6565.

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