Should your loved ones stay at home as they get older?

‘I want to stay in my own home’, is this something you have ever heard your loved one say? At first glance, it might seem obvious that a care home or hospital would be the best place to look after someone, but there is evidence to show that this may not be the case. Small studies have suggested that admitting frail older people to a hospital can decline their physical ability.
According to AARP – 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age. If they begin to need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement, most seniors (82 percent) would still prefer to stay in their homes. Source:
There are several reasons for your loved ones to continue to live at home as they age (as long as it is safe for them to do so):
  1. Independence: This is a significant factor to consider. With the feeling of being independent comes happiness and overall positive mental health.
  2. Familiarity: Common sayings such as ‘home is where the heart is’ and ‘the comfort of your own home’ are very true. Remaining in their own home will help with consistency and familiarity, which reduces anxiety.
  3. Fear of the unknown: Nobody likes change. The fear of not knowing what’s coming will add a lot of stress to someone who is already feeling a bit more vulnerable as they get older. Moving from their own home could also cause loneliness and separation from friends and family around them.
  4. Support available: Nowadays, there is so much technology available to support the continuation of living at home. These technology devices, such as fall detectors and pendants, help to give both you as a carer and your loved one that extra peace of mind and reassurance.
  5. Physical exercise: Having a home to maintain and daily errands to do such as gardening and cooking can help retain levels of physical activity for those who are ageing. This is particularly important as physical activity helps with their overall health and wellbeing. We also produce endorphins whilst exercising, which give us positive feelings such as happiness.
Why use Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) to help stay more independent at home? Homecare services are available throughout the UK and are a viable solution for adults who require physical assistance to stay in their homes. However, this does not apply to all. In a lot of cases TECS are not only preferable, as they are less intrusive, but also a far more economical and practical way for you or your loved one to live independently at home. Telecare (TECS) products help to support those living at home and give their carers and loved one’s peace of mind. The products are small, compact and discreet. What is the price comparison of different care options? See the price box below (this is an average and you should do your own research to ascertain your own costs)
Type of Assistance Av Cost per week
Carehome £600.00
Homecare (based on £15 per hour and 1 hour per day) £105.00
TECS (ongoing falls detection) £3.98
At Red Button, our main goal is to empower people to live safe and happy independent lives with minimal change. We have three options available:
  • Falls Detector Package – In the Falls Package, you will receive a falls detector, a wrist strap, a lanyard and the Lifeline base unit. The Lifeline unit is linked to our 24/7 monitoring centre. Please read about fall detector limitations…
  • Lifeline & Pendant Package – The pendant can be worn around the neck for ease of access or discreetly on the wrist, like a watch – either way, the push button is simple to use and will alert the 24/7 monitoring centre instantly.
  • Digital Fall Premium Package – Our digital solution consists of a tablet-styled touchscreen unit. The package comes with a wearable falls detector which links to the tablet unit, and one press of your pendant is enough to trigger an alert to our 24/7 response centre. In the event of a fall causing unconsciousness or total immobility, an automatic alert will be initiated, without pressing the pendant. Please read about fall detector limitations…

£17.25 per month
(Charged Quarterly)

+ One-off £45 set up fee

£13.75 per month
(Charged Quarterly)

+ One-off £45 set up fee

£44.75 per month
(Charged Quarterly)

+ One-off £45 set up fee

For more information on our products and to discuss the most suitable telecare product for your needed, then get in touch:


T: 0800-0086277

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