Hampshire is a beautiful part of the UK and has a large, older population which is expected to grow over the next decade. Many people retire to Hampshire, attracted by its beautiful coastline, lovely countryside and relatively mild climate. By 2030, the number of people in the county over the age of 75 is expected to increase by 80 per cent, and Hampshire County Council’s plans for dealing with this growth include increasing spending on telecare to £20.7 million. This amount may have to be increased even further in the future as the population ages.
The scheme, provided free by the Hampshire County Council to eligible service users, can enable vulnerable older people to remain in their own homes for longer. Technology such as personal alarms for the elderly - including pendant alarms that are worn around the neck - can alert carers if an older person needs assistance in an emergency. A person living alone can benefit from the reassurance provided by a personal alarm for the elderly, and those with limited mobility or at risk of falls can also feel much safer if they have a personal alarm connected to a careline in the UK. With the main unit connected to a switchboard manned 24 hours a day, a person wearing a pendant alarm will be able to summon help from anywhere in their home at any time of the day or night. In addition to helping people retain independence and choice, telecare solutions can also provide families or carers with the reassurance of knowing that when they are not with a vulnerable elderly person, that person’s safety can be monitored and if they need help, it will be provided.
People with dementia can be helped to remain independent for longer with technology which will trigger an alarm if they become confused about the time and try to go outside during the night. Wireless alarms can also be installed to alert carers if a person at risk of falls does not return to their bed or chair within a certain time frame. Telecare can assist with many aspects of care of the elderly including medication dispensers that ensure the person receives the correct dosage of their medication at the correct time. Many people, even those with quite complex needs, are happier being able to stay in their own homes, and telecare can make this possible. Aster can supply a personal alarm for the elderly for people who need this service throughout Hampshire and in the surrounding areas. If you are concerned about the wellbeing of an elderly relative or friend, this is the best time to look into the services provided by Aster.