Aragon Housing Association Lifeline - (Telecare)

What does it do?

Equipment is provided to support the individual in their home and tailored to meet their needs. It can be as simple as the basic community alarm service, able to respond in an emergency and provide regular contact by telephone.  it can include detectors or monitors such as motion or falls and fire and gas that trigger a warning to a response centre staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As well as responding to an immediate need, telecare can work in a preventative mode, with services programmed to monitor an individual's health or well-being. Often known as lifestyle monitoring, this can provide early warning of deterioration, prompting a response from family or professionals. The same technology can be used to provide safety and security through bogus caller and burglar alarms.
Another form of telecare often known as telehealth is designed to complement health care. It works by monitoring vital signs, such as blood pressure, and transmitting the data to a response centre or clinician's computer, where it is monitored against parameters set by the individual's clinician. Evidence that vital signs are outside of 'normal' parameters triggers a response.

Who it is for?

Telecare is a service that enables people, especially older and more vulnerable individuals, to live independently in their own home.

Where it is available?

Local service (Bedford, Mid Bedfordshire, South Bedfordshire).

How to access or apply for it:

For further details of the service please contact The Telecare Co-ordinator on 01525 862461.

What to expect then:

Once we have received a referral, a Telecare officer will arrange an appointment to visit you at home to carry out an assessment. It is often helpful if you have a family member or carer present at the time of the visit. The assessment ensures that the appropriate equipment can be identified to best support your individual needs. The Telecare officer will discuss their recommendation with you and those present, and with agreement they will arrange for this to be installed.


Info last updated:

Katherine's House, Dunstable street, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2JP