Emergency Button for Elderly (AAL)

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Brief: I want an emergency button for my elderly relative.

The umbrella term AAL (Ambient Assisted Living) is used to summaries various measures put in places to help support elderly people in their old age. Where possible this should be done without restricting their self-determination and independence.

A popular and widespread means of ensuring greater safety is an emergency button for elderly people. When this button is pressed, a predefined emergency number is usually dialled – this is especially useful for elderly people living alone.

Emergency buttons can be worn around the wrist in the form of a bracelet or placed at various locations in the house or apartment. With Loxone, any button can be used as an emergency button.

Solution: Using Loxone to commission an emergency button for elderly people.

Buttons remain the most common control element in a home. To give flexible usage, we recommend our Touch switches. Besides single, double and triple taps, specific functions can be defined for a long press on one of the five touchpoints.

In our example, an emergency button for elderly people was set up this way. If one of the five touchpoints is pressed for more than three seconds, an emergency telephone call is automatically made.

For this purpose, an extensive notification chain was implemented via the “Alarm Sequence” Function Block. In order to ensure maximum security, up to 10 participants are notified by phone in the event of an alarm.

To enable the Miniserver to make calls, the Loxone Caller Service is required. Alternatively, a notification can also be sent via e-mail or push notification.

Note: An emergency button for elderly people can also be implemented with other types of buttons.


Download the sample file:

Emergency Button


Why you and your customer should consider having an emergency button for elderly people?

If you have elderly relatives living alone, you want to give your loved ones maximum freedom in retirement. At the same time, you often worry about whether grandmother, grandpa, mum or dad are okay.

Ambient Assisted Living can help both sides – elderly people and their relatives – to have a clear conscience plus added security.

With Loxone, existing buttons can be used easily and without additional hardware to set up an emergency button for elderly people. As they can be placed in every room, high accessibility of the emergency buttons is guaranteed. This ensures that help can be called quickly in case of an emergency. Additionally, with the Wrist Button Air and the Button Air, there are also specifically designed alternatives for an Emergency button available.

Note: Unfortunately, it is all too common that, despite multiple personal alarms being around the house and even being worn that elderly people struggle to press these in emergencies. We sincerely hope this never happens to your relatives however if it does, this Use Case might provide a solution for that very scenario:

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Local regulations and standards need to be observed. The contents of this page make certain installation assumptions. The information herein does not replace the contextual know-how of a Loxone Partner. As a professionally-installed solution, please consult with a Loxone Partner to realise any of the functionality listed in this Use Case.

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