New partnership aims to keep older people safe
SkillZONE has joined forces with Gloucestershire Telecare to help older people stay safe and independent at home.
Telecare has fitted SkillZONE’s house with a range of specialist equipment it uses to support people to live independently and at home for longer.
The sensors help to manage risks such as medication management or falls, and also detect potential emergencies at home such as fires, carbon monoxide detectors and floods. These are linked to a 24 hour monitoring centre with trained operators.
Cllr Dorcas Binns, cabinet member for older people, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for partners to work together for the benefit of our older community and their families. Educating young people through the centre will also raise awareness of Telecare as we hope that they will be able to pass on this invaluable information to others.”
Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire and safety, said: “SkillZONE already teach about fire safety and personal safety in the home and we are pleased to add the Telecare equipment to our house so we can raise the profile of this excellent service for those who need it.”
Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service already works with Telecare to identify people who may need specialist equipment to stay safe in their homes. Together they identify, provide and fit the equipment ensuring a joined up approach to home safety.
Telecare equipment supports people to live safely and independently at home.
Using special sensors Telecare can detect potential emergencies at home. Types of Telecare sensors include fall detectors, bed and chair sensors, movement sensors, smoke and heat detectors, and medication prompting devices.
Stand Alone Telecare Equipment can also be used within the home to alert an onsite carer or family member via a pager system.
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