Care Tech – Staying Safe In Your Home

Staying Safe In Your Home

Below you will find a list of technology that we found useful when supporting people to live safely in their home.

Our friends at Alzheimer Scotland have developed an extensive catalogue of technology with reviews from carers and their loved ones. The platform can be used by anyone, not just those living with dementia. You can check it out here: Adam (

If you are wanting more support with setting up and using tech, AbilityNet is a charity providing tech support across the UK. The service is made up of volunteers who can support you with tech over the phone or in your home. You can check them out here: A digital world accessible to all. | AbilityNet

Ring Doorbell

A doorbell with a camera that connects to your smartphone so you can see who is at your door and talk with them without going to the door. It even works if you’re out and about. Can be great to help you feel safer in your home with the option of saving recordings. Also helps give you peace of mind if you are caring for a loved one who is living alone so you can be notified when they leave the house.

  • Requires Wi-fi and smartphone
  • Important to consider people’s privacy

Prices range from £90-£180

Sensor Lights

Sensor lights are great for people with limited mobility, who are prone to falls, or living with dementia. The lights will turn on as you walk past them, helping you see your way.

  • Can be battery operated or USB charged
  • Can be stuck in any location around the house

Price: starts around £10

Doro Phone

The Doro flip phone is simple to use, has an easy to find emergency assistance button and is designed as a stripped back mobile for simplicity.

  • Hearing aid compatible, easy to read display, enhanced sound for clearer conversations
  • Not all models are internet compatible

Price: starts at £89.99

Ulla Hydration Reminder

The Ulla Hydration Reminder is simple to use. Once attached to a bottle or glass, a small flashing light appears after about 20 minutes. The flashing stops once you have tipped the bottle or glass to take a drink. A great way to encourage staying hydrated.

  • Attaches to any water bottle or standard sized glass
  • Blinks to remind you to hydrate, can detect when you take a drink.
  • No sound alert/vibration
  • Battery powered

Prices start at £25


Safety plug used to prevent flooding – when water level reaches certain depth, pressure system activates to release water down plughole. The plug will change colour when in contact with hot water to provide a visual indication of temperature which can be useful for people living with dementia.

  • Can be used for bathtubs or sinks
  • Easy to install, not electronic

Prices start at £10

Purple Alert (Android) (Apple)

Purple Alert is a free mobile app which sends an alert to the community if someone with dementia is missing in their area.

Price: free

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Last Updated on 21st March 2024 by Dan