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Blackburn grandmother praises panic button
1:01pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
GRANDMOTHER Margaret Gibson has hailed her Blackburn with Darwen council ‘panic button’ pendant as a lifeline in case she has another accident.
The 75-year-old former sheltered housing manager still suffers anxiety after suffering a fall in her garden resulting in severe facial bruising a few years ago. Now her personal emergency call button, part of the authority’s telecare system, means she can summon help if something similar happens.
The Shadsworth former nurse now wants other older and vulnerable residents to join the system run through a call centre which contacts a member of the family, friend or neighbour or call the emergency services when necessary.
Margaret said: “My fall really shook me up. My face was a bit of a mess, but there was no lasting damage. I wanted something in place if anything like that happened again. This pendant gives real peace of mind. I really think so many people should have it. You never know if you're going to need help and there's no-one around.
Council adult care boss Mohammed Khan said: “This is a wonderful example of how telecare has helped someone stay independent in their home.”
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