This category, often referred to as telecare, represents a very wide range of technologies with just one common theme: an ability to monitor and protect humans. As a result telecare offers an almost limitless range of options in order to tailor it specifically to an individual carer’s or user’s needs.
The principal benefit to a carer is to reduce the amount of monitoring they need to do of the person they care for. An extreme example is of a child, one of whose parents needed always to sleep with them to respond immediately to a fit. In the case of this example the immediate benefit is an increase in quality of life as the carer no longer needs to be in the same room as the person cared for; this clearly benefits the person cared for too as they have some privacy. A similar example is early warning of enuresis, to avoid broken skin and subsequent ulcers. In other cases it can provide peace of mind to enable a carer to continue working, offering huge benefits both in financial and emotional terms.
A particularly valuable form of environmental monitoring is what is called activities of daily living monitoring (ADLs). These two videos describe how ADL monitoring enables a carer to keep an eye on their loved one from a distance, the first covers daily activities, the second monitoring at night and care-worker visits.
Note that there are many other suppliers of ADL equipment too, including:
Other providers of telecare service include:
- 11health: delivers ostomy alerts
- Alcove: “pioneering independent living”
- Buddi: the “go anywhere, anytime personal emergency response service”
- Callalert: “24/7 Help at the touch of a button”
- Caretech: “24 hr help when you need it”
- Caring Cloud: “help your loved one remain confident and independent at home”
- Chubb: a significant telecare supplier
- Doro: easy to use mobile phones
- Easylink: “assistive technologies to enable independent living”
- Monitorgo: “like a pendant but works everywhere and does much more”
- MySOSfamily: ”Turn any phone into a personal safety device”
- Oysta: “Comprehensive 24-hour support for vulnerable people”
- Possum: assisted living services particularly appropriate for those with limited movement/dexterity
- Sirona: “helps people who wish to stay independent and in their own home”