Making life easier in the home – Telecare equipment

Telecare, also known as Assistive Technology, allows people to remain living independently for as long as possible by providing them with technology which supports this. Telecare offer two types of technology, linked and stand alone.

Linked technology is based around a call service, and uses pendants and care alarms to connect to a central response centre. This technology can also be linked to fall, fire, smoke and carbon alarms to name a few. The linked equipment enables the call centre to contact carers, family and emergency services if a citizen needs assistance. Linked equipment supports carers by allowing them valuable time away from caring, whilst remaining confident that the person they care for is safe.

Stand alone technology enables citizens to make use of technology to help them to continue living independently. Available technology includes sensor based night lights, pill dispensers and bath plugs that prevent overfilling. Stand alone equipment is particularly helpful for citizens who may have mild to moderate memory problems, and would just benefit from some extra support.

Telehealth monitoring is a way of gathering information about your health to assist in diagnosis and monitoring. This could include support for people with lung function problems, diabetes, etc. It includes (amongst other things) a home unit to measure and monitor temperature, blood pressure and other vital signs for clinical review at a remote location (for example, a hospital site) using phone lines or wireless technology.

Examples of what telehealth can monitor remotely include:

  • blood glucose levels;
  • cardiac arrhythmia;
  • asthma;
  • medication reminder systems.

In Nottingham City, telecare and telehealth enquiries should be directed to the Nottingham Health and Care Point on 0300 300 33 33.