Telecare, Gadgets and Other Equipments
Telecare is a term that describes equipment and services that support the safety and independence of the person you care for in their home. Telecare services range from a basic community alarm service using a pendant alarm that is able to respond to an emergency, to an integrated system that includes detectors or monitors (i.e to detect motion, falls, fire and gas) that trigger a warning to a response centre.
Carers Bucks works with Buckinghamshire Council to raise awareness of the benefit of telecare to support carers in their caring role. We have a Telecare Adviser who visits our support groups to talk about and demonstrate telecare equipment. This can be followed up by an individual consultation and, if appropriate, a referral to Buckinghamshire Council for an assessment for telecare equipment.
Contact us for more information on our Telecare Service or visit Technology that can help you to stay independent – Buckinghamshire Council.
Different types of equipment can help you to care for the person you’re looking after, as well as help them to live independently.
How you can find out about different equipment and who can help?
A Social Worker or Occupational Therapist can make decisions about the equipment that would be most helpful for the person you’re looking after. Decisions about the kind of equipment you may need will often be the result of an assessment of your care and support needs.
An Occupational Therapy assessment of care and support needs can offer:
- Advice on managing the difficulties caused by physical disability
- Equipment to help with daily living and personal care e.g. a raised toilet seat
- Minor home adaptations e.g. grab rails and stair rails
- Recommendations to District Councils or housing providers for major structural alterations to kitchens and bathrooms, stair lifts and ramps.
Alternatively, you can contact Carers Bucks and we can help make the referral for an OT assessment on your behalf.
Other organisations that can also offer help with equipment
- Walking sticks or walking frames – from the physiotherapy service via your GP
- Wheelchair service
- Small equipment to help with everyday tasks e.g. dressing, food preparation or eating difficulties – local retailers who will advise on suitable equipment to assist
- Beds, cot sides, specialist mattresses and continence pads – can be accessed from the District Nurse via your GP
- Safe + Well – whether you are young or older, disabled, a carer, or simply need some help at home due to age or illness, they can help you choose daily living aids or guide you to other local services which may help to make your life easier at home
- Remap – makes custom equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives
Sources of advice
- Rica – an independent consumer research charity that produces information for disabled and older consumers
- Disabled Living Foundation – a national charity that provides free, impartial advice about all types of home adaptation and mobility products for disabled adults and children, older people, their carers and families
- Buddi and Wristband Information
- Telecare User Guide
- Video: How useful devices have help in caring roles
- Live Better With Unforgettable aims to improve the lives of those living with memory loss and dementia by bringing together specialised products, practical advice and a supportive community.
Are you caring for someone?
Do you look after someone who cannot manage without you because they are ill, frail or have a disability?
If so, you are a carer and Carers Bucks can help you.