Telecare Today is a tool which has been designed by several local authorities to assist vulnerable people, older people, and people with health needs to assess their own needs for assistive technology and Telecare equipment. It can also be used by a carer, friend or relative.
Telecare is about dignity and independence. Equipment is provided to support the individual in their home and tailored to meet their needs. It can be as simple as the basic community alarm service which is able to respond in an emergency, or it can be a medication reminder, it can include detectors or monitors such as a fall detector which can trigger a warning to a response centre staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please contact your local authority to find out what kind of monitoring and response is provided by the Telecare service.
Telecare can work in a preventative mode, with services programmed to monitor an individual's complex healthcare needs. Often known as lifestyle monitoring, this can provide early warning of deterioration, prompting a response from family or professionals. This is usually used for a period of 4-6 weeks.
All Telecare packages need to balance technology with other forms of care and support and be reviewed in the same way as all other packages of health and social care.