An ambitious service that will allow elderly or frail people to live safely in their own homes is being offered by Runnymede Borough Council.

The authority - which covers Egham, Englefield Green and Chertsey - wants more people to use its 24 hour monitoring centre Safer Runnymede which offers immediate help at the press of a button or through a device worn round the wrist.

The system is aimed at older people, those with a physical, sensory or learning disability, those at risk of falling, patients who have recently left hospital, or victims of crime.

For someone recently discharged from hospital the council can provide a community alarm and pendant free for six weeks. After that it costs £4.90 a week, although in some cases it may be funded through adult social care - applicants would need to contact Surrey County Council about this.

Telecare sensors such as smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors are also available, which for an additional charge can be wired to the community alarm.

Wellbeing sensors such as medication dispensers, fall detectors, epilepsy sensors, bed, chair and movement detectors, are available too to help people live independently and in safety.

To sign up complete the council's community alarms request form, email or call 01932 425865.