Mrs Kathleen Cliff, aged 74 died in hospital two weeks after a fall. She lay on her floor all night until a neighbour found her. Her phone and pendant alarm (PERS or medical alarm button for our American readers) were out of reach. Our condolences to her family, who are now encouraging other alarm users to wear their pendants at all times.
We hope the coroner asks the right question. Not “How can people be encouraged to wear their pendants?” But “Why was this lady not using a system that does not rely on someone’s active participation to raise an alarm?” Considering such systems have been available since the turn of this century, services that do not offer these options should surely now carry some of the blame for such deaths?
‘This little pendant could save your life’ The Star (Sheffield)