Telehealth and Telecare enable users to live independently and safely in their own home for longer and provide peace of mind to relatives and friends. The use of Telehealth and Telecare is particularly beneficial but isn’t limited to those persons suffering with long-term health conditions, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chronic Heart Failure (CHF), Epilepsy, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Telehealth allows users to take more control over their own health and greatly reduces the need to make regular visits to their local doctor surgery or hospital. Various Telehealth devices and technologies are available from a growing number of suppliers. These devices allow the user to monitor their own vital signs from the comfort of their own home or office and submit this data electronically via a telephone line or broadband to a Telehealth monitoring centre. This data can then be reviewed by a medical professional who will be able to identify any health trends and detect any early warning signs of a patients deterioration.
There are many different types of Telecare sensors and alarms, they have different functions and they may work together to provide support and protection. Individuals using Telecare equipment can raise an alarm to request support themselves. Through the use of something such as a personal alarm or there is a huge array of equipment designed to raise an alarm and/or collect data automatically once triggered through the actions or movements of the individual. Such equipment includes but isn’t limited to fall detectors, activity monitors, bogus caller alarms, property exit alarms and fire or temperature extremes sensors. The starting point is often a telephone line, usually a landline, and a power supply. This equipment is often linked to a monitoring centre which attempts to make contact with the individual and assesses the need for the appropriate response by either emergency services, health professionals or named responders.
Key safes are considered an essential piece of Telecare and Telehealth equipment.
Monitoring centres linked to the Telehealth or Telecare equipment can share key safe codes with medical professionals, the emergency services or named contacts, to enable them to promptly offer support.