Telecare is the name given to a range of electronic equipment and services which can help you to stay living safely in your own home.
Telecare can be split into three broad sections:
- personal wellbeing – such as pendant alarms to call for help
- home and safety – such as fire, smoke or flood detectors
- falls and mobility – such as fall detectors or bed occupancy sensors which alert others and raise an alarm.
Alarms or sensors may be carried by you or placed around your home - they either enable you to directly call for assistance or trigger an alarm which automatically links to a call centre, who will call you or someone who has agreed to respond. This means you will not have to press a button to receive help.
Who should have Telecare?
Telecare is for anyone living at home who may not always be able to get help when they need it, this could include people who:
- would get peace of mind from having a call button to summon help in an emergency
- have dementia or memory loss which means they wander or forget to do things like turn the cooker off
- are unable to respond to risks in the home such as fire, flood and gas leaks
- are becoming increasingly frail and are at risk of falling
- are struggling to cope at home and may be regularly admitted to hospital
- have a sensory impairment
- have a learning disability.