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Alarms and monitors

On this page we talk about alarms and monitors designed to detect seizures. We also list some other types of alarm that might be useful when you have epilepsy.

Epilepsy Action does not endorse any of the companies or products listed on this page.

All information about products has been taken from the manufacturers' or stockists' websites. We have not tested any of these products, and can't say if the manufacturers' claims are accurate. Many products are available from more than one stockist so you may wish to shop around to find the best price.

All prices are excluding VAT. See our page about funding for safety aids for information about VAT exemption.

What seizure alert systems are available?

Seizure alert systems are designed to detect seizures and let someone know so they can help you.

View our tables to compare the features and price of different systems: wrist-worn sensors, bed monitors, video monitor, or seizure alert subscription services

Wrist-worn sensors

Name of productType of seizures it may detectWhat it monitorsAny extra equipment neededHow it alerts peoplePriceWhere can I buy
or find out more?
PulseguardDesigned to detect any seizure that causes a change in heart ratePulseNoSends an alert to pager.£1,250Alert-it
Tel: 01530 239900
Website: alert-it.co.uk
Pock-iTDesigned to detect any seizure that causes a change in heart ratePulseNoSends an alert to pager.£869.96Alert-it
Tel: 01530 239900
Website: alert-it.co.uk
Epi-care standardTonic-clonicMovementNoSends an alert to pager, or can be connected to careline.£1,399 for pager option; £1,519 for careline option including one year's service.Epilepsy Alarms UK
Tel: 0800 1808833
Website: epilepsyalarms.co.uk
Epi-care mobileTonic-clonicMovementNeeds an Android smartphone (not supplied).Text to chosen person. Can also be connected to careline.£995 without careline. £1,115 with one year's careline service.Epilepsy Alarms UK
Tel: 0800 1808833
Website: epilepsyalarms.co.uk
BrioAny seizure that causes a change in heart-rateHeart-rateNeeds to be connected to a Bluetooth compatible smartphone or tablet (not supplied).Sounds an alarm on connected smartphone or tablet. Can use a Bluetooth speaker to sound alarm further away.£449Epilepsy Alarms UK
Tel: 0800 1808833
Website: epilepsyalarms.co.uk

Bed monitors

Name of productType of seizures it may detectWhat it monitorsAny extra equipment neededHow it alerts peoplePriceWhere can I buy
or find out more?
Companion MiniTonic-clonic, focal seizures with shakingMovementNoSends an alert to pager.£231Alert-it
Tel: 01530 239900
Website: alert-it.co.uk
CompanionDepending on options chosen, may detect tonic-clonic, focal, atonic, tonic and myoclonicMovement and leaving the bed. Depending on options chosen, can also detect sound, vomiting and incontinence.Extra sensors can be purchased.Sends an alert to pager or can be connected to a telecare service.£390 - £500Alert-it
Tel: 01530 239900
Website: alert-it.co.uk
GuardianDepending on options chosen, may detect tonic-clonic, focal, tonic, atonic, myoclonic.Depending on options chosen can monitor movement, bed vacation, sound, vomiting and incontinenceExtra sensors can be purchased.Sends an alert to pager or can be connected to a telecare service.£680Alert-it
Tel: 01530 239900
Website: alert-it.co.uk
EmfitTonic-clonicMovementNoA number of options available, from pager to vibrating pillow.From £300Safety Systems Distribution
Tel: 0800 3282950
Website: safetysystemsdistribution.co.uk
Medpage MP5Tonic-clonicMovement, soundNoSends alert to pager.£205Medpage
Tel: 01536 264869
Website: medpage-ltd.com
Medpage MP5-UTMost seizure types where movement occursMovementNoSends an alert to pager.£170Medpage
Tel: 01536 264869
Website: medpage-ltd.com
Medpage MP5V2Most seizure types where movement occursMovement, soundNoSends an alert to pagers.£270Medpage
Tel: 01536 264869
Website: medpage-ltd.com
Medpage MP5 ULTRATonic-clonic, myoclonic clusters, tonic, clonicMovement, soundNoSends an alert to pagers.£439Medpage
Tel: 01536 264869
Website: medpage-ltd.com
SensAlertTonic-clonicMovementPager needs to be purchased separatelySends an alert to pager (not included)£445 plus £104 for pager. Also offers a 'Hire before you buy' scheme.Sensorium
Tel: 0800 0565 454
Website: sensorium.co.uk

Video monitor

Name of productType of seizures it may detectWhat it monitorsAny extra equipment neededHow it alerts peoplePriceWhere can I buy
or find out more?
SAMiDesigned to detect any unusual movementsMovementNeeds to be a connected to an iPhone, iPad or iPod (included in some packages).Sounds an alarm when it detects unusual movements.From $399 Note: this is a US-based company that can ship to the UK. You may have to pay VAT and customs duty on top of the purchase price.SAMi
Website: samialert.com

Seizure alert subscription services

Name of productType of seizures it may detectWhat it monitorsAny extra equipment neededHow it alerts peoplePriceWhere can I buy
or find out more?
SeizAlarmSeizures with shaking movements. Seizures with change in heart rate (when used with Apple watch).Movement when used with phone. Movement and heartrate (when used with watch)Need an iPhone or Apple Watch (not supplied)Call and text message to chosen numbers.The app is free, but to alert others you need to pay for the subscription service. This is $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year.SeizAlarm
Website: seizalarm.com
Inspyre by Smart MonitorSeizures with repetitive shaking movementsMovementNeed a compatible Apple or Android smartwatch, and an iPhone or Android phone. These are not included, though Android smartwatches can be bought from Epilepsy Solutions.Text and automated call to chosen person or people (depending on subscription option chosen). The Android version can also be connected to careline.Between £9.99 and £35.99 per month depending on subscription package chosen. If connected to careline, this is an additional £6.50 per month.
Android smartwatches with one month’s subscription start at £219.
Epilepsy Solutions
Tel: 01438 821251
Website: epilepsysolutions.co.uk

How do I choose a seizure alert system?

There are a number of different seizure alert systems available, so it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Some questions you might want to think about when choosing an alarm include:

  • Do you want it to monitor seizures during sleep, during the day or both?
  • Does it detect the type of seizures you have?
  • How does it detect seizures? Most systems monitor movement, but some monitor sound, heart-rate, urination or getting out of bed.
  • How sensitive is it? Can you adjust the sensitivity if you need to, for example if you keep getting false alarms?
  • Who will it alert when you have a seizure? Do you want it to alert someone you live with, someone outside your home, or be connected to a telecare service?
  • How much does it cost?

Our tables showing different seizure alert systems can help you compare the features and price of different products.

What other types of alarms and monitors are available?

Other types of alarms and monitors that could be useful for someone with epilepsy include:

  • Fall alarms, which go off if you fall to the ground
  • Baby monitors, which can be useful if you always make a noise when having a seizure. Video baby monitors are also available
  • GPS trackers that allow someone to find out where you are, using GPS technology
  • Alarms with a button to press when you need help. These might work for you if you always get a warning before a seizure

The Disabled Living Foundation's website Living made easy has information about different types of alarms and monitors. You can also call them for advice on 0300 999 0004.

What's a telecare service?

A telecare service (sometimes called a careline, lifeline or community alarm service) is when an alarm or monitors in your home are connected by telephone line to a call centre. If an alarm or monitor in your home is activated, it alerts the call centre. Someone from the call centre can then take action. This action could include:

  • Calling you to check if you're all right
  • Calling a carer, friend or family member to check on you
  • Calling the emergency services

NHS choices has information about telecare.

Can I get a free monitor or get help with paying for one?

Some people can get free monitors and alarms from social services. Some charities also provide free monitors, or grants to help pay for them. To find out more visit our page about funding for safety aids and equipment.

Code: 
F141B.03
Event Date: 
Monday 8 May 2017 - 13:36

This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.

  • Updated October 2018
    To be reviewed October 2019

Comments: read the 9 comments or add yours

Comments

i have a 15 year old son with autism who developed epilepsy earlier this year. I have recently bought the Brio alarm. The system works via bluetooth and consequently needs a clear path from the wrist worn device to the smartphone it is synced with.
We have not had a successful night with it. The signal drops out constantly at which point there is a loud "Attempting to reconnect" message which plays until you manually walk around trying to locate a connection or it switches itself off.
We can't have the phone in the bedroom as the bluetooth signal doesn't like doors or walls so have tried it on the stairs, but the reconnect message goes off every few minutes so the rest of the family is kept awake. The device is supposed to work within a 10 metre distance, but so far the only way I have found it to work continuously is if it is in the same room as my son. This device costs £450.00, I really want it to work, my son has night seizures which are full clonic tonic, The support service are friendly and polite but don't offer any solutions. I am looking into a device that can boost a bluetooth signal in the hope I haven't wasted my cash.

Submitted by Fiona FitzGerald on

Hi Fiona

Thanks for your information about the alarm. That sounds like a very frustrating situation.

I do hope you’re able to find a solution.

I wonder if you feel you were given the correct information when you were sold the alarm? If not you may want to consider complaining. This might result in the manufacturers finding a solution for you.

People regularly ask us for feedback on the various alarms. So it would be really useful if you were able to keep us informed of what sort of outcome you are able to achieve.

Regards

Cherry  

Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by Cherry-Epilepsy... on

i think the smart watches are a fantastic idea if they work however if someone lives in a supported living property they have no need for the subscription as they just need the device to alert staff when the person is having a seizure but every smart watch available you have to pay a monthly prescription for and considering the price of them it should still work normally as an alert-er without the prescription. as if its a MUST to have the prescription maybe companies should give the devices away free with monthly payments as a contract like mobile phones

Submitted by robert kerrick on

Wanna know what watch to get and how to get one that not to expensive and also how to get one without paying the tax

Submitted by Kirsty Woodgate on

Hi Kirsty

The watches are all of a similar price. Some of them you have to pay for upfront. And some of them you pay on subscription.

We do have information about funding that you might find helpful.

Regards

Cherry  

Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by rich on

Thanks for getting back to me but is there any u can pay for and own for yourself

Submitted by Kirsty Woodgate on

Hi Kirsty

I’m afraid we don’t have any more information that the links to web pages that I’ve already given you.

I hope you’re able to get something that works for you.

Regards

Cherry  

Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by Cherry-Epilepsy... on

I am looking for something my son can wear when in or around the house, which he can press, that will send a signal as a loud noise to a monitor plugged into a power point.
Any ideas.
Thanks

Submitted by Anne Crouch on

Hi Anne

I’m not entirely sure what you’re looking for. Hopefully you have had a look at the different options we have listed. A fall arm may also be a possibility for you. I have linked you to the information about these on the Disability Living Foundations’ equipment website. But it sounds like you may be wanting something a bit specialised. In which case you are probably best off speaking to one of the manufacturers listed at the end of the alarms table.

I hope you end up being able to get what you want.

Regards

Cherry  

Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

 

Submitted by rich on

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