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Assistive Technology Plays Vital Role In Helping Older People To Continue To Live Independently And Safely In Their Own Homes

May 11, 2017

Assistive Technology or, Telecare, is a flexible range of sensors that minimise the risks associated with independent living. Care Directions has long felt that potential users of Telecare technology and their carers have not been adequately informed of the uses and advantages. We are delighted that the 'All About Telecare' section of our website has been so well received as essential guidance.

Focusing on the user

Telecare solutions can be tailored to match the needs of an individual - to provide a personalised level of care that is unique to them. Solutions can range from a few sensors to monitor environmental risks, to more complete packages that help users manage long-term health conditions.

Telecare began with a simple alarm and pendant worn by the user which allows them to raise an alert with a carer, family member or monitoring centre. The technology has now evolved to address a wide range of issues such as risks from falls, fire, flooding, health concerns and gas leaks.

All Telecare sensors connect either to a 24 hour monitoring centre, carer or family member - so that, in the event of a sensor being triggered, someone will automatically be made aware of the potential danger and assistance will be provided more readily. Telecare allows people to live independently in their own homes for longer, whilst providing continuous 24 hour protection - giving users confidence and reassurance that help is always available if needed. Telecare makes a significant and effective contribution to people living in their own homes, but also those in grouped housing - where sensors ensure staff are immediately alerted to potentially dangerous situations, such as fires or floods.

Mainstreaming Telehealth

Telehealth, in addition to Telecare, is now part of the mainstreamed approach to help healthcare professionals manage patients with long- term health problems - such as diabetes and heart conditions. Telehealth provides patients with the ability to record their vital signs from their own home - which, naturally, reduces hospital admissions. This information is sent to healthcare professionals, allowing them to monitor the patient's condition remotely.

Changes in a patient's symptoms are detected early which prevents unnecessary hospital admissions and improves the quality of life for the patient. Many local authorities are now combining Telecare and Telehealth, creating Telehealthcare packages - so that users receive truly comprehensive support and integrated solutions.

Produced in association with leading Telecare and Telehealth solutions provider Tunstall, 'All About Telecare' is a comprehensive overview article on the Care Directions' website. It can be used as a guide for direct purchase options, or as a comprehensive reference point for enquiries to relevant Social Services' departments. Read it now at: caredirections

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