Community Alarms

Fife Health and Social Care Partnership have successfully launched the new online community alarm form.

To apply, please visit Community Alarm Application Form.

Fife Council have a community alarm scheme to help you stay at home if you are older or have a disability.

It is a personal alarm system that gives you the security of knowing you can call for help in an emergency – for example if you fall, or feel ill, at any time of the day or night.

How does the alarm work?

You wear the alarm as a pendant so it’s with you at all times. When you press the alarm it sends a signal down your telephone line to a central control room where our operator picks up your call.

Once you have signalled for help, an operator can speak to you through your alarm unit to establish what the problem is. You do NOT have to lift your telephone to make contact.  If for any reason you can’t speak, the operator can still arrange for help.

After the operator has spoken to you, they will contact:

  • your carer (usually a neighbour, friend or family member who has a key) or
  • Mobile Emergency Care Service or 
  • the emergency services

If the situation is not an emergency we will do all we can to help and advise you but may not be able to visit.

Who can use the scheme?

You can have an alarm system fitted if you:

  •  live alone (or with a resident helper) and cannot leave your home
  •  are at risk because of ill health, frailty, disability, extreme anxiety or isolation
  •  are capable of using and understanding the system

Is there a Charge

A Community Alarm costs £2.80 per week per system - £145.60 annually as from 1st April 2019.

How do you get an alarm?

If you think you need an alarm, please use the online application form

Normally you can have an alarm system fitted within two weeks.

How often do we check the equipment?

We will visit you regularly to check your pendant and the alarm unit. We will also check with you that the contact details we have for your carers are still correct.

Social Work Enquiries
Tel: 03451 55 15 03 Contact Social Work Enquiries online

Emergency Out of Hours Social Work Services
Tel: 03451 550099
By Post: New City House 1 Edgar Street Dunfermline Fife KY12 7EP
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