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.
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