Market Position Statement
4.2 Assistive technology (Telecare)
By contacting Gateway to Care people are able to access information and advice about a large range of equipment and aids. In partnership with the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group we are also introducing remote monitoring of vital signs such as blood pressure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The most popular pieces of equipment that people choose to help them self-manage their long term health and care conditions are:
- Falls detectors
- Medication dispensers
- Epilepsy alerts
- Smoke and CO2 detectors linked to a call centre
- Tracking devices for people with memory problems so that their carer knows where they are
- "Just Checking" systems which monitor how a person is managing at home and which informs any decisions about whether they need to move into residential care
- Door sensors and bogus caller alarms linked to a call centre
Mr & Mrs W – Buddi (GPS Tracking Device)
Mr W has dementia and lives with his wife. Mr W has always enjoyed going for a walk but recently has begun to cover long distances and only stops when physically he cannot walk any further. On one occasion he could not find his way home and had to be located by the Police.
Mr W has been provided with a Buddi device. This small piece of equipment is linked to a monitoring centre. Mr W takes it with him whenever he goes out for a walk so that he can be located wherever he goes. The Buddi also has a falls detection function so that if Mr W were to fall, the centre would be alerted and they would inform his wife.
The Buddi has enabled Mr W to keep his independence and given him freedom of choice. His wife has peace of mind with less anxiety and stress.
Mr H – Pivotel (Automated Medication Dispenser)
Following a serious illness Mr H has recently been discharged from hospital. It is very important that he takes his medication as prescribed which he would find difficult unless reminded.
Mr H has been provided with the Pivotel dispenser and shown how it works. Within a short period of time Mr H has been using the Pivotel independently and now he takes his medication correctly. Mr H says that the Pivotal system "was the best thing since sliced bread!"