Assistive technology can help people to live more independently by using devices and sensors to help with everyday tasks, such as reminding people to take medication or to turn the off the oven.
There is a wide range of devices and services available that can help to support people at home, provide reassurance to carers and reduce accidents and falls in the home, amongst other things.
Telecare services do not rely on a user pressing a pendant to raise an alarm, but offer a range of sensors that will automatically raise an alarm in the event of an emergency. Telecare is a service that provides sensors and monitors (e.g. motion or falls detectors) often linked to community alarm systems that trigger a warning at a control centre that can be responded to within defined timescales. These options require either a family member/ friend or a response service to be able to respond when contacted by the control centre.
Assistive Technology (AT) consists of ‘stand alone’ pieces of equipment (not connected to a monitoring/response service) such as simple mobile phones, bath plugs that reduce the risk of scalding and flooding, remote control for electrical items in the home, automatic pill dispensers etc.
Both Telecare and Assistive Technology can be purchased privately or recommended through adult social care if the person is eligible for a funded service. Alternatively, your local NHS trust may pay for a telecare system as part of a continuing healthcare or intermediate care package, if you are eligible. NHS - Carers direct guide
Telehealth typically involves electronic sensors or equipment that monitors vital health signs remotely from home or while on the move. If you think telehealth would be beneficial please speak to your GP.
If you are not eligible for financial help from West Berkshire Council and you wish to make your own arrangements you will find a list of providers in the personal alarms/telecare or assistive technology listings under the ‘Need help at home? category.
Assistive technology, telecare and alarms information from West Berkshire Council.
Assistive technology and how it could help someone with dementia. Advice and information provided by Alzheimer’s Society. Find out what is available and the best solution for your situation.
Telecare and alarms information from NHS Choices