How Worcestershire TeleCare is helping people being discharged from hospital

Worcestershire TeleCare is working in partnership with NHS in South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group to help support patients returning home from hospital.  We’re providing a telecare alarm and pendant including round the clock monitoring plus a KeySafe free of charge for a 6 week period. As an added benefit patients on this service can make use of the South Worcestershire Falls Response Service to help in the event of a non-injury fall.

‘Bed blocking’ is recognised as a major drain on NHS resources.  This initiative can help reduce the amount of time someone may have to stay in hospital when they are really well enough to go home but just need that little bit of reassurance that a telecare alarm can provide.

To find out more about how to apply for this free service please visit our web site.

Product of the month – MindMe Alarm

MindMe Alarm
MindMe Alarm

 

The easily carried MindMe alarm provides users with access to help from our 24 hour monitoring centre both within the home and away from it.  Great features of the MindMe Alarm include:

  • Easy to press SOS button – vibration feedback confirms that it’s been pressed
  • Two way speech – just like a hands free phone so our operators can talk to the user
  • GPS location – Our operators can instantly see where the user is
  • Excellent battery life – will last for up to 48 hours
  • Easy to use charging cradle – no fiddly wires and plugs
  • Multi-network SIM – will connect to any available mobile phone network
  • Email notification when battery gets low
  • Ring fence option available – alarm will be tripped if user moves outside pre-set locations

The MindMe alarm can be used by a wide range of users.  People with learning disabilities – walkers/ramblers** – dementia sufferers – older people worried about their safety.  It gives reassurance to users, carers and family members.

To find out more and order please click here to visit our web site

** With the multi-network SIM coupled with GPS location, MindMe is perfect for dealing with emergencies when out walking in remote locations and better than a mobile phone on its own.

GPS Tracking and Location Devices – their role in supporting people who have dementia

All forms of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common, are characterised by changes in the brain that affect behaviour in different ways. The symptoms can include:

  • A decline in concentration or focus so that sufferers are easily distracted from a simple domestic task that they have started;
  • An inability to remember words or names of objects, people and places;
  • A loss of short term memory so that that they forget things that happened or they did earlier in the day;
  • Feeling confused and then angry with themselves because they can’t remember something including the start of a discussion that they are having;
  • Failing to reason or apply insight appropriately when making decisions, including issues of finance; and
  • Losing track of time, sequence and location so that they can’t follow routines and attend appointments.

The above give rise to a number of issues that can range from annoyance or frustration through to difficult and dangerous. To ensure that someone with dementia can continue to live safely and securely within the community we need to address these issues.

Smart assistive technologies can play an effective role in addressing many of these issues and in managing the risks. Continue reading GPS Tracking and Location Devices – their role in supporting people who have dementia