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Get connected with telecare
Date of article: 29-Dec-10
Article By: West Sussex County Council
The latest telecare technology is helping to give relatives of elderly and vulnerable people reassurance this winter, says West Sussex County Council.
The telecare contract with Wealden and Eastbourne Lifeline (WELbeing) offers the latest technology and equipment to help people stay independent and safe in their own homes for 13-weeks.
The new contract was launched in April and has already proved to be a success.
Telecare lifeline equipment includes technology such as community alarms and pendants, smoke detectors, fall detectors, property exit sensors, epilepsy sensors, and bed occupancy sensors to raise an alert if somebody falls out of, or gets out of bed at night.
County Council Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services Peter Catchpole said: “Technology can play a vital role in helping people remain independent and able to live in the comfort of their own home.
“It’s reassuring for relatives and carers to know the equipment will help to keep their loved ones safe and well.”
There’s also a mobile response service that checks on the welfare of a person anywhere in West Sussex within one hour of an alert being raised.
The call centre can also provide a calling service, to give reminders such as for taking medication and to check on a person’s welfare.
The service helps prevent hospital admissions and supports residents discharged from hospital to return home safely. The 13-week period will help identify whether telecare is suitable and helpful for people. If it is they can continue to enjoy the equipment for a reasonable cost.
For further information on the service contact WELbeing on 08450 766515, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the County Council website at http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/