StJohn Medical alarm speaker, pendant and watch
StJohn Medical alarm speaker, pendant and watch

With credit to a proactive Blind Foundation client who saw the value in medical alarms for many people connected to the Blind Foundation, we are pleased to share a discounted rate for the St John Medical Alarm is now available to all clients.

Trevor Plumbly, 77, raised the idea of the Blind Foundation supporting a discounted rate for a medical alarm at the Blind Foundation’s ‘Let’s Talk’ session in Albany last year.

“Because I’m elderly I am at risk of falling, and being blind makes the risk much greater. I got a St John Medical Alarm as a way of providing peace of mind to myself and my wife Pam, so that when I’m home alone if I do fall it is going to be easy for me to get access to help.

“It made us all feel secure and made me happy to be by myself.”

St John’s Head of Telecare, Nick Coley, said: “We have been working with the Blind Foundation to formalise a preferred working arrangement that will extend pricing and benefits to all clients of the Blind Foundation nationally.

“St John are delighted to be able to work together to support blind and low vision New Zealanders to live safe and independently in their homes.”

The St John Medical Alarm discount is available to all Blind Foundation clients who are new and existing users of the service.

Discounted rate: $13.95 per week* (normally $19.95).

To access the discounted rate, phone St John on 0800 50 23 28 and have your Blind Foundation membership number handy.

*Discounted rate valid for two years from 1 March 2019.

What is a St John Medical Alarm?

A St John Medical Alarm is an emergency calling device that is monitored by St John. It consists of a base unit that either connects to your home phone line or to the cellular (mobile) network, and a small pendant that you wear.

  • In an emergency, push the button on your pendant or base unit.
  • We will call you back and talk to you through the alarm speaker to check if you are okay.
  • If there is no answer, we will organise for an ambulance to be sent.
  • If you answer, we’ll check you’re ok and organise the most appropriate help for your situation.  This could include an ambulance, a paramedic in an alternative vehicle, another emergency service or expert advice. Where appropriate, we may also notify your preferred carer or a family member.