We purchased an emergency dial out telephone from (Ideal World TV shopping channel), for the mother-in-law, I cant remember the exact price, but I think it was just under or just over forty pounds. That’s it, no on going subscription charges
It is very simple, it can be used as a normal phone, but in addition, you prerecord a help message on it, may be, !!This is Derek, I have fallen and need help!!, you then have a small emergency button you carry around with you, if you need help, a three second press on the button will start the phone into auto dial mode, it will dial up to three different numbers which you have programmed in, one after the other, if the first person on the dial list answers, this will stop the dialling sequence, if not it will continue the sequence until one of the numbers is answered. You of course have agreed with the people at the three numbers beforehand and advised them what will happen. When one of the numbers is answered, your phone automatically goes into hands free speaker mode, so the person answering your distress call can reassure you that they are on their way or arranging help for you.
Note you cannot programme in 999, for emergency services.
Sorry if I have made this sound complicated, but trust me it is very simple.
I. El. (Eng). (Rtd).