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Community Alarm Service launch


New scheme to boost independence at home

A new scheme has been launched to provide much needed help for older and vulnerable people who want to live independently in their own homes.

The Community Alarm and Support Service (CASS) is designed to offer a range of different levels of help and support to older or vulnerable people.

It has been devised by Aragon Housing Association but is open to everyone in Bedfordshire, regardless of whether they live in their own home, a rented home or even a retirement scheme.

“The aim of the service is to enable you to remain living in your home safely for as long as possible and to give you, your relatives and carers peace of mind,” said Mark Green, Supported Housing Manager for Aragon.

“The community alarm consists of a Lifeline unit and pendant, which links to an existing telephone line and links you to a dedicated control centre 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is usually activated by a pendant, which can be worn around the neck, on a wrist strap or with a secure clip.

“The Community Alarm and Support Service can also provide you with extra support, which works with the Lifeline unit to raise the alarm if required. This comprises a range of hi-tech safety devices such as fall detectors or movement sensors which have been developed to support you living independently at home.”

There are a number of different packages on offer depending on how often people want trained support officers to visit them in their home to check their well-being.

Each person’s needs are individually assessed to make sure they are happy with the level of support.

Further information is available in our Community Alarm and Support Service leaflet.


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