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Care Connect, our alarm service

Our alarm service, known as Care Connect, is County Durham's emergency contact service that gives you support to remain living independently in your home.


Our staff continue to wear full protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves and you, use antibacterial gel for their hands and sanitise vehicles after visiting homes. We take all precautions to stop the spread of Covid-19.

We're welcoming the summer months by offering free installation worth £33.99! for new customers between 1 June and 31 July 2022*. To claim quote SUMMER22 when you apply.

*weekly charge still applies.

What is Care Connect?

Our alarm service provides at home assistance, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The alarm can help you to remain independent for longer in your home. Our alarm allows you to call for assistance if you have an accident, feel unwell or have a fall at home. With a dedicated team of highly trained staff who will respond to your call, you'll feel safer in your own home. Your personal alarm will also offer peace of mind to your family and friends.

Read our  Icon for pdf Care Connect leaflet (PDF, 858.8kb)  to find out more.

Icon for pdf Care Connect video transcript (PDF, 99.9kb)

What you need to install an alarm

To install the alarm in your home, you need a working telephone line which accepts incoming and outgoing calls and have an electrical socket close by. If you don't have a telephone line, we can install a similar system that has a SIM card fitted. This carries out the same function as a telephone line, but please note this will incur an additional charge. See 'how much does it cost?' on our Apply for Care Connect page.

The alarm unit call has a higher priority than a standard telephone call to ensure your safety in an emergency. For the Care Connect equipment to work correctly, it needs to be installed in the first telephone point in your house, with all other extensions wired into the unit to make sure it works properly, even when another telephone is in use or off the hook.

If you need additional support

If you need additional support you can also apply for Telecare. Telecare is the name of the service we provide with the use of sensors and other equipment that can recognise when there is a problem or emergency situation in your home. There are lots of telecare items that will help you stay independent. Some examples are: fall detector, bed/chair occupancy sensor, heat detector, smoke detector, temperature extremes sensor, door exit sensor and wandering device.

You can choose to buy Telecare privately from us, or you can Get your care needs assessed through Social Care Direct.

See our Living independently at home page for more information.

How to apply 

See our Apply for Care Connect page.

Customer satisfaction survey

See our  Icon for pdf Care Connect Customer Satisfaction Survey Report 2020 (PDF, 495.5kb)

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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