You, or someone you care for, may be able to use our Mobile Emergency Care Service (MECS) to help live independently at home.

This service is available if you have:

  • Confusion or dementia
  • A physical disability or are frail
  • A sensory impairment
  • A predisposition to falls or other accidents at home

How MECS works

We will install an alarm unit in your home. The alarm unit uses mobile technology so you do not need a telephone line. When you activate the alarm unit you are connected to our control hub. Alarm calls are made by either using your pendant or by pressing the alarm unit itself. The alarm unit can also be triggered by additional telecare devices, such as door sensors or pressure mats.

This means you can call for emergency help when you need it - for example, if you have fallen and can't get up.

When you activate the alarm this will put a call through to control hub, which is open 24 hours a day.

How we can help you in an emergency

The help you get will depend on what your emergency is.

We may:

  • Contact your GP or next of kin
  • Send a warden to your home
  • Talk with you to reassure you

How to get a MECS system installed in your home

To get a MECS system installed, please contact your local social work office or contact us using the details on this page to request a MECS referral form.

We will use the information you give us to prioritise your need. We want to make sure that we help people who are most vulnerable and in the greatest need.

  • Telecare services can provide a range of equipment which can work in a preventative or monitoring mode for people with a variety of conditions (eg dementia, cognitive, visual or hearing impairments). We also offer an epilepsy monitoring service providing early help in the event of seizure.

How much does MECS cost?

All our cost information can be found on our Charges for care services page.

Are you a registered care service?

Yes, we are registered with the Care Inspectorate. You can view our inspection reports on their website.