A product from an Australian family-owned healthcare technology company released earlier this year has already proved to be a lifesaver ? literally.

And with Christmas around the corner, the increasing number of Australians with family members who are older or have health conditions may have found the ideal present ? one that literally gives the gift of year-round connection, independence and peace of mind for Australian families.

The ?SOS Mobile Watch? is a discreet, lightweight watch that also works as a mobile phone, GPS monitoring and emergency/medical alert system. It can be linked to the Smartphones of up to three family members or carers, so they can easily find their loved one if there?s a concern, call him or her at any time ? and be immediately alerted if there?s a problem via the phone?s SOS button. It also has a ?two-way speaker? that can be triggered to enable communication even if the wearer doesn?t answer the phone.

The SOS Mobile Watch offers a major advantage over conventional pendant-style ?personal alert? systems because it doesn?t confine wearers to a limited area such as their home. Instead, it links with the mobile phone network, so wearers can enjoy freedom and independence while staying connected with carers wherever there is mobile phone coverage ? equating to 97% of the Australian population, as well as many international locations.

The watch is the first product released by mCareWatch, a company that specialises in clever ways to use everyday technology for something that really matters: helping families with older members or health conditions achieve the right balance between independence and connection, between freedom and peace of mind.

In the months since its release in May this year, the SOS Mobile Watch has already proved a literal lifesaver for many families ? as well as providing vital connections and enabling conversations that family members may otherwise not have had. It has also been adopted by some of Australia?s major health and aged care organisations support their clients? independence and wellbeing.

Just a few real life experiences from SOS Mobile Watch customers clearly illustrate why it?s an ideal gift choice for this Christmas.

?The SOS Mobile Watch has paid for itself already. Mum went for a walk and came back home and decided to water her pot plants. As she bent down to pick up the hose, she fell and could have been laying there for hours, but she activated the SOS button on the watch and a family member was there very quickly to help her.? Angela Brittain, QLD

?I’m 82 years of age and live on my own. My children purchased the SOS Mobile Watch in August and I have been wearing it every day since and believe it is a fantastic product. It’s easy to use, very clear when someone calls me and I can read the time on the watch. It has given me and my family the peace of mind we needed. Thank you?. Helen Jolly, WA

?The SOS Mobile Watch has been fantastic. My wife has MS and had the traditional emergency pendant but it wasn’t working outside of the home. Now with the SOS Mobile Watch I feel confident to go to work and if my wife needs help in an emergency, she can contact me anytime from anywhere.? Paul Willis, SA

This Christmas, mCareWatch is offering a special, festively-packaged SOS Mobile Watch, complete with a personalised Christmas card. It?s the gift of freedom, independence and peace of mind that so many families are seeking.

The SOS Mobile Watch can be purchased online from www.mcarewatch.com.au or over the phone by calling 1300 188 557. Families can choose from two affordable payment options: $399 upfront; or $39 per month plus $69 set-up costs.

The SOS Mobile Watch arrives ready-to-use: pre-charged, pre-programmed with the nominated carers? numbers and ready to link with the relevant Smartphones or Android mobiles through the Google App Stores.

Both payment options cover the watch, charger, two batteries and an easy-to-follow user guide plus call, SMS and data charges for the first year: minimum 6 minutes of voice calls from the phone (calls made to the phone are charged to callers? phones) 30 SMS TXT messages and 1MB of data.

All orders received before Friday 20th December, 2013, will be dispatched for arrival before 25 December.