Telecare is a specific kind of assistive technology which uses sensors and alarms to keep people safe in their homes whilst maintaining their independence. Telecare can help to minimise some of the common risks like falling and being unable to get up or leaving taps running.
Telecare can give you more confidence about staying at home on your own. If you are a carer it can reassure you that the person you care for can call for help and be assisted when you are not available.
How to order Telecare equipment
You can find out which equipment is suitable to your, or someone’s, needs and order using our online referral form.
Use our online referral form for Telecare equipment
Or, you can call us on 0300 456 1000
Units A6 - A9
Call 01745 334245 to make an appointment.
How much will it cost?
The cost is £17 per calendar month. This is the standard charge for our Telecare service and there are no installation or maintenance charges.
If you receive housing benefit, you may be entitled to the Telecare service for free.
How does it work?
A working telephone line is required with an electric power socket nearby.
The installed sensors can indicate if there is a problem in the house such as:
- a build-up of escaping gas from a cooker
- a flood from taps being left on
- part of the home being too hot (for example, if the cooker has been left on).
It can also indicate if a person has a problem, such as:
- having fallen and being unable to get help, or
- being unable to get out of bed due to illness
What happens when the alarm is raised?
When an alarm is triggered, either by a sensor, or by pressing your personal pendant, you will be connected quickly to trained staff at the monitoring centre.
The staff will have the information you provided when the equipment was installed. They will immediately know your name and your general circumstances. They can talk to you directly through a loudspeaker on the Telecare unit to find out what you need and to let you know that help is on its way.
Once the operator has established what help you need, they will arrange for someone to come and help you. This could be a family member, neighbour, doctor or one of the emergency services.
If you would like more information or advice, you can visit a Talking Point or contact the Single Point of Access.