‘My Lifeline pendant literally saved my life’

Joan Tims
Joan Tims

An elderly Crick resident has praised a bracelet pendant for saving her life.

Joan Tims, 89, is looked after by the Lifeline service provided by Daventry & District Housing (DDH) which sees clients wear discrete pendants that can be worn as a necklace or bracelet.

The pendants make sure customers have 24-hour access to help. In the event of a fall or other emergency, the push of a button connects users to a family member or emergency services.

Mrs Tims has used a Lifeline for more than 18 years and was told about the service by her doctor when she started having trouble with her leg.

She said: “My husband Bob had a heart attack and as he spent a lot of time working in the garage while I was in the house, we decided it would be good idea for us both to have a Lifeline.

“I’ve lived on my own since Bob passed away but having the Lifeline definitely gives me peace of mind. It means I can stay at home and maintain my independence.”

She added she had been a “regular customer” for paramedics over the years.

She said: “I’m sure my Lifeline literally saved my life a few years ago. I was in bed one night, it must have been about 3am, and I was feeling very unwell. So I pressed the Lifeline and the voice on the other end gave me some advice and called a doctor.

“Within 20 minutes the doctor was at the door and, what seemed like seconds later, an ambulance arrived and I ended up in hospital for two months. Without the Lifeline I probably wouldn’t have made it there.”

She urged other people in her community to sign up adding: “For people in my situation, they are imperative.”

The Lifeline service costs £5 a week.

For more information, call 01327 707500 or email
enquiries@ddh.org.uk.