Accessibility Statement
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Living room

There is a range of equipment available to help you feel comfortable in your living room. From making changes to your chairs and sofas to make them more suitable for your mobility to technology to help you stay safe and connected there are a lot of options available to you.

Equipment can be privately purchased from a wide range of retailers both online and on the high street.  If you feel that you need further information or advice please call Adult Social Care on 0113 2224401 to make a referral.  Someone will call you back to discuss the difficulties you are having and if necessary, arrange for an assessment when equipment may be provided to you, from Leeds Equipment Service, free of charge. 

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Telecare and alarms

Telecare comprises a system of alarms and sensors that can help people live more safely and independently in their own homes. The simplest is an alarm pendant that can be pressed if the wearer finds themselves in difficulties, for example if they have a fall.

There are also a wide variety of sensors that can be used to raise an automatic alert. They are linked to an alarm unit that can either alert a carer in the same property or connect to an external response centre.

  • Pendant and bracelet alarms
  • Chair sensors
  • Fall detectors
  • Medication and memo reminders
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Leeds City Council runs a Pendant alarm and Telecare service. Though they provide the equipment for free, there is a charge for response centre monitoring.

If you are interested in ordering one of Leeds City Councils telecare packages you can complete an online application form or over the phone.

Leeds City Council Tele Care Team

Phone 0113 378 2991

There are also private providers of telecare alarm systems. You can find and buy these services and products online by 

Find out more about staying safe in your home


Call Centres are staffed 24-hours a day 365 days a year and follow a pre-agreed procedure of who to alert in the event of an emergency. 

Alerts are sent through your landline so are not as easily disrupted by power cuts or broadband issues.

The base unit often provides two-way communication, so external contacts and speak directly to the person in trouble.

Things to consider

Call-centre monitoring can be an expensive option. 

Telecare does not provide family members or carers with ongoing information or the opportunity to check in without disturbing their loved ones. 

Changes to the UK's telephone network may affect your telecare choices. Check how the change to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) might impact a product with the supplier. Find out more about the changes to UK landline telephones.