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Assistive Technology and Telecare

Assistive technology is the name given to a wide range of technology which helps people to be as independent as possible.  Telecare is an example of assistive technology, but there are many other examples.


Telecare is a flexible, telephone-based, alarm system which helps you live independently in your own home for as long as possible.

Telecare is based around a pendant worn around the neck or wrist.  This provides access to a 24-hour monitoring service offering an instant response at the touch of a button from anywhere in your home or garden.

Telecare can be linked to a series of alarms or sensors in key parts of your home offering an immediate early warning if something is wrong.  For example, telecare can have sensors to detect:

  • Falls - if you are at risk of falling or having seizures
  • Leaving a bed or chair - if you are at risk of falling
  • Smoke - for fire risk
  • Carbon monoxide - particularly if you have gas fired equipment
  • Natural gas - if a gas fire or cooker has been left on unlit
  • Temperature extremes - to detect heat which might be a fire risk, or cold if hypothermia is a risk
  • Flood - if a tap in a sink or bath has been left on
  • Door opening - if someone is at risk if they leave home

Telecare is available through Adult Social Care and also privately through local providers.  Please contact your local Adult Social Care office for more information. 

Just Checking

Just Checking is a system which is used for short periods of time to help Adult Social Care work out how best to support you.  It has a series of sensors in rooms and on doors and can monitor your personal routine.  If you have a regular routine, support can be arranged to work with that routine helping you to be as independent as possible.  If you do not have a regular routine, you may need more support.  Please contact your local Adult Social Care office for more information.