- Published: Wednesday, 21 September 2016 22:54
Community alarm launches new service
How a simple wristband will help keep New Forest residents safer
New Forest District Council’s community alarm service ‘Appletree Careline’ has an innovative new approach to keeping people safe away from home with the launch of their new wristband which quickly gets help to an individual.
The silicone band (see photo-attachment below) has a unique ID number on it and an emergency telephone number for Appletree Careline, who are on the end of the phone 24/7. Should someone need help, Careline staff can quickly alert the individual’s relatives or contacts who are registered as part of the wristband service set-up.
Cllr Jill Cleary, Portfolio Holder, said, “The wristband is comfortable and discreet and is ideal for anyone who wants to feel safer and more confident out of the home.
“It doesn’t replace the need to call 999 where urgent medical or police assistance is required of course, but the wristband service is there for those non-emergency situations that may arise. Such as someone becoming lost or confused or feeling a little unwell and needing assistance to get home.“We have introduced this service because our existing community alarm customers have asked us how they can benefit from the same level of reassurance beyond their home and garden. I am pleased that the already excellent support Appletree Careline gives can now be extended for anyone who feels vulnerable.”
As an introductory offer, current Appletree Careline community alarm customers who sign up to the wristband service before the 31 October 2016 will get 6 months free.
New customers taking up both services will not pay an installation or administration fee, saving £30.
The wristband service costs 45p a week (£24 annually)* with a £10 registration charge for new customers.
Sara Hamilton, corporate communications manager
Kate Williams, corporate communications officer
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