Person with a pendant alarm in the early 1980s. The ‘hub’ is on the shelf.
Source: Staying at home: Helping elderly people HMSO 1984.
Author: Professor Anthea Tinker (To whom many thanks for the copy).
As far as we know this study was the first evaluation of housing options for older people that included costings and detailed information on various alarm systems. It was based on surveys for the Department of the Environment (DOE, as it was at the time) of all council housing departments in England and Wales in 1977. The research was undertaken between 1977 and1983 and the surveys had a 92% response rate and were followed by phone interviews.