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Apply for a home care alarm and telecare with Care Connect

This page tells you how to apply for Care Connect.

Social Care Direct can help you Get your care needs assessed to determine your support needs and whether a home care alarm and telecare is appropriate for you. For more information about home care alarms and telecare see our Home care alarms page.

If you do not wish to go through a social care assessment, you can pay for our telecare service. 

Apply for Care Connect

What happens once you have applied?

We will agree a suitable date to visit you in your own home, conduct a survey and to gather personal data, this is so that we are aware of your personal needs. A monitoring alarm unit will then be installed.  

How much does a care alarm and telecare cost?

From April 2018 to March 2019 the charge is £5.00 per week + VAT. There is an additional charge of £3.07 per week + VAT if a Portable Alarm System is installed. 

There is a one-off connection charge of £25, this will be advised at installation.

Additional features can be incorporated into your support package, at a small charge. These include (all prices subject to VAT):

  • Reassurance call - £1.30 per call
  • Weekly visit - £15.59 per visit
  • Additional/replacement/lost pendant - £62.47
  • Smoke detector - £65.80 + 65p per week monitoring costs

No VAT is chargeable if a VAT exemption form is completed. 

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for VAT exemption, please contact the HM Revenues and Customs on 0300 123 1073 before filling this form in.

Cooling-off period

Our agreement with you allows you to access the service for up to 21 days before we request any payment. If at any time during this period you wish to terminate your agreement with us, the equipment will be removed without any charge. However the connection fee will still be payable.


Contact us
Care Connect
03000 262 195
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Chilton Control Centre
  • Chilton Depot
  • Chilton
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL17 0SD
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