What is Telecare? Everything you Need to Know

Telecare is a remote monitoring service that allows elderly and vulnerable people to maintain independence, whilst also staying safe.
Telecare Equipment has become an essential requirement for many families with elderly loved ones, ensuring they are able to call for help should the worst occur, giving peace of mind to both them and their loved ones.

What is Telecare?

According to a recent paper published by the government, around 17 million people aged over 50 lived in England in 2008. This number is currently on the rise and expected to continue increasing for the foreseeable future. The figures show that of this 17 million, more than 12 million people were over the age of 65; this accounts for around 18% of England’s population in 2016. This highlights the need for telecare equipment. As our society ages, more people are susceptible to falling, illness, or other emergencies which require support. Telecare devices are designed to ensure that elderly or vulnerable people are not left without this essential aid.

The use of telecare equipment has also been encouraged by health and social care professionals for a number of years, in order to take care of our elderly loved ones. The use of technology has helped to elevate many sectors, but it has been especially transformative to the health sector. Many kinds of devices have been developed to ease the treatment and healing process. Telecare is one of the most innovative solutions created and plays an important role in healthcare. People are busier than ever and constantly watching over our elderly loved ones is not always possible. Telecare Equipment removes the need for this, connecting your loved ones to yourself or to a 24/7 monitoring center to ensure help is never more than the push of a button away.

The Importance Of Telecare Equipment

You may think that your elderly loved ones don’t need telecare equipment, after all, they’ve been fine up to now. But what would happen if an emergency did occur and there was no one around to help?

There are huge amounts of emergency hospital admissions of elderly Britons every year. According to a study published by the NHS, around 1.3 million people from the age group of 65-69 years were admitted to hospital in 2015/16. Falls are also one of the leading causes of death among elderly people and surveys have shown that many of these deaths could have been avoided with immediate clinical assistance. Fall detection alarms can be life-saving in such situations, calling for help automatically, without the need to even press the emergency button.

Not only does telecare equipment ensure help is received quickly but it can also help to prevent falls. The added layer of security telecare equipment brings has been shown to instill confidence within users. This added confidence means that users are less likely to fall within the home. This may be due to the fact that they move around more frequently, thus helping them to maintain their level of balance and mobility.

Telecare does not only help your loved ones physically but it can also play a role in their mental wellbeing. Briefly touched on above, telecare devices can instill confidence in users. In addition to this, it allows them to live a more independent and active lifestyle. Two things which are correlated with happiness.

Liam Byrne, a member of the UK Parliament stated that:

“An estimated 90% of older people want to live in their own home. Approximately 500,000 older people, however, live in care homes. Research funded by the Department of Health suggests that as many as 35% of those people could be supported to live at home or in extra care housing schemes through the use of telecare.”

Through the use of telecare, you can support your elderly loved ones in living alone, maintaining their independence and allowing them to live within their own home for as long as possible.

The Benefits of Telecare

Telecare equipment such as personal alarms or emergency buttons can be really useful in helping us to take care of our elderly loved ones. On choosing the best telecare device for you, users are able to reap the benefits. Easy to use, with a wide range of available features to suit any need, telecare is the only way to ensure your loved ones can gain help at any time of the day.

Key Features of Telecare Equipment:

  • Easy Installation and Setup

    Telecare devices are easy to set up and install, ready to use straight out of the box. This allows users and their families to feel safe right from the get-go, feeling the benefits of their investment. 

  • Portable

    Whilst all telecare devices are portable in terms of protection around the home, telecare equipment such as the SureSafeGO ‘Anywhere’ Alarm, empowers elderly Britons to live independently both at home and away from it. These alarms can be used anywhere where a mobile signal is present allowing users to visit friends or go to the shops knowing that help is just the “click-of-a-button” away.

  • GPS Enabled Alarms

    SureSafe provides highly functional alarms with incorporated GPS tracker technology. GPS alarms for the elderly can be used to locate a loved one in the event of an emergency. Mobile GPS Tracker Alarms like these can be effectively used to provide peace of mind both for the wearer and for his/her loved ones.

  • Automatic Fall Detection

    Telecare devices such as our fall detection alarms measure factors such as airspeed and pressure to determine when a fall has occurred. These inbuilt sensors will call for immediate medical assistance if a fall is detected. As a result, wearers have a significantly increased chance of making a fast and full recovery.

So there you have it, you should now know what telecare is and how it can help you or your elderly loved ones. Browse our full range of telecare devices, or speak to a member of our expert team if you have any questions on how telecare equipment could help you.