What is Telecare and How Does it Work?

Vulnerable individuals or their families or carers might start using telecare for any number of reasons. A newly diagnosed medical condition might mean extra attention and precautions are required, or a fall or injury might lead to the need for temporary telecare. In some cases, an existing medical condition may become more advanced, and the individual in question may need extra care to keep him or her safe. There are a number of telecare systems, and the best one for any one person's needs will depend on their unique requirements.

Personal Alarms

These are extremely popular and allow clients to go about their daily lives with relative independence but with the peace of mind that help is at hand if it's required. Pendant alarms for the elderly and other more vulnerable groups of society allow the user to activate an alarm if he or she needs help. Such alarms are very useful for anyone who lives alone, and they have the advantage that they are worn - usually around the neck like a necklace or on the wrist like a watch - so they can be activated no matter where the user is in the home or garden. The alarm instantly connects to an operator once it's activated, and the relevant authorities or family member/carer can be contacted.

Telecare Services

Telecare services can help individuals remain in their own homes for longer than they might otherwise be able to. The peace of mind that comes from knowing help is never far away in the event of an accident or medical emergency can be of great comfort to someone who lives alone. It's also reassuring to the families and loved ones of vulnerable individuals to know that they can be contacted almost instantly in the event of an incident. Pendant alarms for the elderly are often preferable to alarms that are installed in a single location - such as next to a bed or in the bathroom - as the user can carry the alarm with them at all times. Telecare alarms are managed by professional companies with experienced operators who will ensure the relevant help is provided as soon as possible after the alarm is sounded. The feature of some telecare alarms that enables two-way conversation between the user and the operator is an added bonus for anyone concerned about their own safety or that of an elderly relative. When the alarm system is set up, it's usual for a small number of people to be added as keyholders. These people will be the first port of call when the operator has received an alarm notification from a user, and so should generally be relatives or friends who live nearby and can get to the user's home immediately.