The table below shows lots of ways of looking out for those you care about each with their strengths and weaknesses. For instance though Canary Care is the most expensive it is suitable for people who could not consciously interact and so may be suited to more advanced needs. At the other end of the spectrum wellbeing calls can be very cheap but do they give you enough information? Once a day you know someone is responsive, provided they are able to answer the phone.
The Disabled Living Foundation has a comprehensive explanation of all the choices here.
Numbers in brackets have explanations below the table of features.
Walkaway intelligence refers to a system that doesn't require the user to inform a call centre of their intended absences.
Extreme temperature is available for traditional telecare as an additional hardware sensor that needs fitting and linking with the system. This has fixed temperatures and cannot be varied.
24/7 protection is often desirable as many emergencies happen overnight or when bathing/showering. Some devices are not suited to being worn all the time and can be on the bedside table when they are needed elsewhere. The Assure is designed to be worn all the time, being waterproof and having a 1 year battery life so you don’t even have to think about recharging.
Intenet connection requirements vary as some internet enabled systems have their own connection included. For instance the Assure 'cellular' does not need an existing intenet connection whereas the 'broadband' version does.
Up & Active emails are positive messages that are sent to chosen people when sufficient activity has been monitored each day.
Live voice link is a feature of traditional telecare systems. It is rare for an emergency to happen in earshot of the base station but when the systems were developed this was the only way to avoid the need for a visit.