You should always feel safe in the comfort of your own home. But, unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone.
According to a recent report by Ageing Well Without Children, more than 1 million childless people aged 65+ are ‘dangerously unsupported’. What’s more, the number of childless older people in the UK is expected to double by 2030.
If you don’t have any children – or friends and relatives nearby – you may feel vulnerable, isolated or at risk of having an accident. Telecare services can give you confidence in your independence. They’re tailored for a variety of situations, all designed to help you feel safe and secure at home.
This discrete solution can be worn around your neck or wrist. With help available 24/7, it allows you to raise an alarm at the press of a button. Importantly, it uses a frequency that won’t interfere with any other medical equipment you may be using. This is the ideal solution if you:
- are living with dementia, epilepsy, heart disease or at risk of domestic violence. We have written more about the scenarios where you might need a personal alarm here.
- have a disability or long term condition.
- have recently returned from hospital or have a short-term condition.
- are feeling vulnerable and worried about your safety or security.
- are living alone and at risk of falling.
According to the Later Life in the United Kingdom 2019 report from Age UK, around a third of people aged 65+, and half of people 80+, fall at least once a year.
Our fall detector can make you feel more secure if you’re living alone, are disabled or have other medical conditions, e.g. epilepsy. It can be worn on a cord around your neck (or wrist) and will automatically alert our monitoring centre if you’ve fallen over. Read our practical guide for minimising falls here.
Sound & flashing beacon
In the UK, 95% of people with sight problems are 65 or over. There are also nearly 9 million people who are deaf or hard of hearing; 2 million use hearing aids.
Sound and flashing beacons can be life-saving aids for people with hearing or visual impairments. The intuitive solution combines light with a loud siren – alerting you to danger. For example, it will communicate with your smoke detector in the event of a fire.
For many, taking daily medication can be the difference between life and death. But it can be easy to forget – especially as we get older. A medication dispenser uses an alarm and a flashing light to remind you when to take your medicine. It will make sure the correct dose is available at the right time – day or night. Importantly, if you don’t access your medication at the expected time, an alert is raised to our 24-hour monitoring centre.
If you’re struggling to remember things, check our memory loss infographic to see if a medication prompt – or any other telecare service – can help.
What happens next?
All of these alarms work in combination with our personal alarm service; wireless sensors throughout the home can raise an audible alarm. This will alert a carer, key holder – or the monitoring centre. Reassuringly, our staff are available 24/7 and 97.5% of calls are answered in 60 seconds. Our teams are specially trained and someone will be available at the press of a button – even if you can’t get to the phone.
If you’d like to arrange a demonstration, get in touch. Call us on 0300 333 6511 or email: [email protected]