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New telephone system to check on loved ones

07/10/2005

An innovative contact system has been launched by a Yorkshire entrepreneur to allow people to check that their loved ones are fine without having to keep going to their house or phoning them up.James Batchelor, from Holmfield near Halifax, developed the Alertacall system after his grandmother, who lives alone, broke her arm. The service works with a special telephone that is provided with a button, which is pressed at an agreed time, and when it has been pressed Alertacall receives a signal. If the button is not pressed, Alertacall representatives call the owner to check if they are okay, if this cannot be verified, family or friends are informed. Mr Batchelor said: "Some 3.5 million people live alone, but more frighteningly 32 people die alone and unnoticed in their home every day. With Alertacall, families know that unless they hear otherwise, their loved one is okay.""This is ideal for people who may not want to make a nuisance of themselves by calling every day or who lead such busy lives they are not able to check on their loved ones all the time," he added.The company believes the product will be extremely useful for disabled people and older people living on their own.