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Types of assistive technology

Telecare

Telecare is a lifeline alarm that triggers an alert, if it’s activated by a sensor. For example, if you fall and are unable to get up, you can raise the alarm using a pendant or watch device, which can be provided as part of your telecare package. The alarm either alerts a family member/carer or goes to a response service for action, depending upon what’s agreed in your package.

Telecare is particularly good for those who:

  • Have a learning disability
  • Are frail and have limited mobility
  • Are at risk of falling
  • Have a sensory impairment
  • Have a disability 

Do I have to pay for this?

To help you live independently at home, the council has made telecare available to anyone who will benefit from the service. There will be no charge for the delivery, installation and loan of the telecare equipment, but a small charge is made for service monitoring, technical assessment, advice and review. 

Other examples of assistive technology 

There are a number of different devices available to help you manage and remember to take your medication, depending upon what’s best for you. For example, those living with dementia may benefit from a pill dispenser which bleeps when it’s time to take your medication and dispenses the correct amount. Alternatively, for those who struggle to grip things, a medication tipper might be useful.

 

A tracking device is a very useful gadget, as it means a family member or carer knows exactly where you are at any time of the day or night. They can give a loved one peace of mind if they’re leaving you for a short time or if you’re going out on your own. They’re particularly useful for those who suffer from memory loss or who easily become disorientated.

It’s important to have some form of fire and flood prevention in your home to reduce the risk of having an accident, including smoke, carbon monoxide and gas detectors and temperature and water sensors. For example, there’s a device available which you place in your sink or bath and if it becomes too full, it will automatically drain the water away. It will also change colour if the water is too hot.

There’s a range of great devices available to help around the home, such as slip free mats, bed sensors, motion sensored lights and calendar clocks to keep routines on track.

Further advice and information

There are also a number of assistive technology websites that provide a useful source of information and advice to help you remain living independently in your home.

If you would like further advice please contact Herefordshire Council’s Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) Team: