TeleCare

TeleCare

TeleCare is the term for offering remote care of elderly and physically less able people, providing the care and reassurance needed to allow them to remain living in their own homes. The use of sensors may be part of a package which can provide support for people with illnesses such as dementia, or people at risk of falling.

In its simplest form, it can refer to a fixed or mobile telephone with a connection to a monitoring centre through which the user can raise an alarm. Technologically more advanced systems use sensors, whereby a range of potential risks can be monitored. These may include falls, as well as environmental changes in the home such as floods, fire and gas leaks. Carers of people with dementia my be alerted if the person leaves the house or other defined area. When a sensor is activated it sends a radio signal to a central unit in the user’s home, which then automatically calls a 24-hour monitoring centre where trained operators can take appropriate action, whether it be contacting a local key holder, doctor or the emergency services.

 

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TeleCare uses technology to help you live more independently at home. This includes personal alarms and health-monitoring devices. TeleCare services are especially helpful for people with long-term conditions, as they can give you and your relatives peace of mind that you’re safe in your own home and that your health is stable, without you having to make regular visits to your doctor’s surgery. They can also help you live independently in your own home for longer, so you can avoid a hospital stay or put off moving into a residential care home.