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Telecare Makes Caring Easier

Understanding new technology can feel daunting and seem like more trouble that it’s worth for stressed and busy carers. To help overcome this, the Carers’ Centre is launching a new project aimed at raising awareness of telecare and evaluating how it can support carers.

“We know that many carers want help. Telecare products can be a solution that gives independence for the person cared for, as well as lightening the caring load.” explained David Trumper, the Centre’s Deputy Chief Executive. “We have been granted £10,000 of funding from Bath and North East Somerset Council to set up a Telecare Hub where carers and professionals can try equipment, and receive clear information about how to access telecare locally.”

Equipment is wide-ranging and includes: pendant, wrist or neck alarms to raise an alarm call in an emergency; sensors to monitor and automatically turn on lights to help prevent falls and medication dispensers with audible and visual alerts to automatically provide access to medication at the right time.

“We want to help break down barriers to telecare through understanding and training.” added David. “Local services already offer simple to set up and easy-to-use equipment that provides peace of mind and more freedom for carers and reassurance for the person they care for.”

Working in partnership with Sirona Care and Health, Curo and deafPLUS, the 12-month project will work with a group of carers to evaluate how this technology could work for them, and explore new and innovative ways to enable more carers to maintain a life of their own.

Carers who are interested in finding out more and seeing the range of equipment available through the Telecare Hub can email: david.trumper@banescarerscentre.org.uk or telephone: 0800 0388 885