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Telecare, or assistive technology, is the term use for remotely-monitored electronic equipment installed in someone's home to help manage the risks associated with independent living.

Telecare can give people peace of mind that they or their loved ones are safe.

Telecare sensors and alarms are normally linked in to a  'Lifeline' Community Alarm and uses this system to alert someone to the fact that there is a problem. These can be particularly useful for someone caring for a person living with dementia or other forms of memory impairment.

A wide range of equipment is available, for example:

  • Sensors which can tell when someone has fallen
  • Sensors which can tell if someone has left a chair or bed and not returned within a preset time, has left the house or has left the main door open
  • Devices which turn on lights when movement is sensed.
  • Alarms which provide an early warning of taps or gas being left on
  • Devices which remind people of regular tasks such as taking medicine

Depending on your assessed needs, you may be eligible to have certain equipment provided by Social Services. However you can also purchase equipment to suit your individual requirements.

There is also a telecare system known as Just Checking which is used by social care staff to assess someone's level of needs during an initial period of assessment and reablement such as our . This uses movement sensors to provide a record of someone's activity over a 24-hour period. 

Most of the equipment works in the background and is unobtrusive, enabling people to stay, and feel, independent.

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