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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.

What seizure alert systems are available?

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

  • Epilepsy smartwatches, such as the Embrace watch and the Smartwatch PT
  • Bed alarms designed to detect sleep seizures. Brand names include Companion and Emfit
  • Video movement sensors such as the SAMi monitor
  • Mobile phone apps, such as Epdetect

View our tables to compare the features and price of different systems: smartwatches and wrist-worn sensors, bed monitors, video monitor, or smartphone app

Smartwatches and 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?
EmbraceTonic-clonicMovement and skin changesNeeds to be linked to a smartphone (not supplied)Sends them an automated call and a text. You need to pay a subscription for the alerting function to work.£249 for the watch
£230 a year for subscription
Empatica (US manufacturer)
Website: empatica.com

Telmenow (UK stockist)
Tel: 0800 246 1939
Website: telmenow.com
Smartwatch PTTonic-clonicMovementNeed to carry a smartphone within 15 feet range of watch. Phone included in some packages.Text and automated call.Starts at £265Epilepsy Solutions
Tel: 01438 821251
Website: epilepsysolutions.co.uk
PulseguardDesigned to detect any seizure that causes a change in heart rateHeart-rateNoSends an alert to iPad (supplied) which sounds an alarm. Can use a Bluetooth speaker to sound alarm further away.£1,100Pulseguard
Tel: 0800 8620365
Website: pulseguard.org
Epi-careTonic-clonicMovementIf choosing smartphone option will need your own android smartphoneDepending on option chosen, can alert carer via pager, via a mobile phone app or can be connected to careline£995 - £1,399Epilepsy Alarms UK
Tel: 0800 1808833
Website: epilepsyalarms.co.uk
BrioAny seizure that causes a change in heart-rateHeart-rateNeeds to be connected to smartphone or tablet (not supplied).Via 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?
GuardianTonic-clonic and tonicMovement, sound, incontinence, vomiting, leaving bed.Extra sensors need to be purchased to sense full range.Sends an alert to pager.£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.£246Medpage
Tel: 01536 264869
Website: medpage-ltd.com
Medpage MP5-UTMost seizure types where movement occursMovement, soundNoSends an alert to pager.£170Medpage
Tel: 01536 264869
Website: medpage-ltd.com
Medpage MP5V2Most seizure types where movement occursMovement, soundNoSends an alert to pagers. Can also be connected to community alarm system (telecare)£382Medpage
Tel: 01536 264869
Website: medpage-ltd.com
Medpage MP5 ULTRATonic-clonic, myoclonic clusters, tonic, clonicMovement, soundNoSends an alert to pagers. Can also be connected to community alarm system (telecare).£526Medpage
Tel: 01536 264869
Website: medpage-ltd.com

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 $399SAMi
Website: samialert.com

Smartphone app

Name of productType of seizures it may detectWhat it monitorsAny extra equipment neededHow it alerts peoplePriceWhere can I buy
or find out more?
EpdetectTonic-clonicMovementNeed to download app onto a compatible android phone.Sends up to 3 people a text message.FreeEpdetect
Website: epdetect.com

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 or heart-rate.
  • 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 table 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: 
F141.02
Event Date: 
Monday 8 May 2017 - 13:36

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  • Updated May 2017
    To be reviewed May 2018

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