Latest addition to Shepway Lifeline family

A new personal alert system is opening up new horizons for people who want to stay safe.


But unlike the traditional Lifeline, which is designed to use indoors or in the garden, Footprint has almost unlimited radius and will work anywhere that has a UK or European mobile phone signal  - making it ideal for active elderly people, lone workers, horse riders and walkers. If necessary it can be used to find out where the wearer is as well as being used to contact them.

Janet Wilson and her family, who live in the Romney Marsh area, were among the first to feel the benefit.

"I bought Footprint for my husband who has mild cognitive impairment, but it's not just for him, it's for all the family. We all have the peace of mind knowing he is safe. He sometimes goes out without telling us and cannot always hear his mobile. We can contact the monitoring centre and track where he is through his Footprint. We don't now panic every time he goes out," said Janet.

Lifeline, which is part of Shepway District Council, is the first tele-care service to provide Footprint, which was developed in partnership with Own Fone, an Essex-based company.

 Anyone wearing a Lifeline or Footprint pendant or bracelet can alert an operator at the monitoring centre who offers reassurance, alerts a friend or relative or summons the emergency services if needed.