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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.£360 upfront cost, then £30 a month rental charge on 18 month contractPulseguard International Ltd
Tel: 01622 321111
Website: pulseguard.org
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.

Care direct 24/7 offers a range of care solutions for epilepsy in Northern Ireland:
Website: Care direct 24/7

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.

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Event Date: 
Monday 8 May 2017 - 13:36

This information has been produced under the terms of Epilepsy Action's information quality standards.

  • Updated October 2018
    To be reviewed October 2019

Comments: read the 12 comments or add yours

Comments

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

I have a 8 day old baby girl who has been diagnosed with epilepsy. It is all very new to myself, can anyone recommended a monitor for when we are at home to monitor if she has a fit when we are sleeping? I would sit there all night and watch her if I could but I know this is not a viable option.!

Many thanks
Abby

Submitted by Abby Wainwright on

Hi Abby

That sounds like a tough place to be. We have information about epilepsy in babies.

It looks like you’ve found our information about epilepsy monitors. You might want to check with the manufacturers if any of the monitors are sensitive enough to pick up changes in movement of a newborn. Or if you have an epilepsy nurse they may be able to suggest something suitable. Anything that reassures you enough to be able to get some sleep yourself sounds like a really good idea.

I hope this is useful information for you. But if we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact us again, either by email or the Epilepsy Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050.

 

Regards

 

Cherry  

Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by rich on

We have been looking at bedtime wrist monitors the 2 main ones seem to be Brio and Pulseguard. Do you have any feedback on either? We have a 6 year old girls who has onset focal seizures that develops into tonic clinic so would be good to catch it early. Thank you

Submitted by Paul Andrew on

Dear Paul

I’m sorry but we don’t have any feedback on these alarms. On many occasions, we’ve asked people to leave feedback and share their experiences on this webpage. But unfortunately, no one has.

From a different angle, most of these companies have being on our website for many years and we’ve not received any complaints.

It would be best to look on the company’s website and talk to them about the little girl’s needs.

Regards
Diane
Epilepsy Action Helpline Team  

Submitted by Diane - Epileps... on

I live on my own just been told I have epilepsy so need something to let my son know if I have a fit any suggestions and no I don't know when one is coming on thank you

Submitted by Jane harris on

Hi Jane

We’ve listed a number of devices on this page which can detect a seizure and let someone know, even if you don’t get a warning. We can’t recommend any particular device, so it’s best to think about what you might need from an alarm and then have a look at the different choices on this page. If you want to know more about a particular alarm you can then click on the link to the manufacturer’s website for more information.

If you usually fall to the floor during your seizures another option is a fall alarm. These aren’t specifically designed to detect seizures, but automatically trigger a call for help if you fall. You can get more information on fall alarms from the Disabled Living Foundation.

We understand finding out you have epilepsy can be a scary time. You might find our information for people newly diagnosed useful. And if you have any questions feel free to call our Epilepsy Action Helpline on 0808 800 5050.

Best wishes

Grace
Epilepsy Helpline Team

Submitted by Grace - Epileps... on

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