Long Range Wireless Care Call Solutions for Falls and Wander Detection

Medpage fall from chair alarm
A chair rise alarm could have prevented this

With falls in hospitals and care homes high in media focus, now would be a good time to consider viable solutions to reduce your exposure to cost and improve patient care and achieve CQC compliance. Each year, a typical nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls. Many falls go unreported. Medpage Limited T/A Easylink UK is one of the leading suppliers in the UK of patient fall prevention products with over 30 years of trading experience in the care sector. Our range of bed and chair rise alarms offer competitive pricing without compromise on quality.

A high percentage of falls can be reduced by environmental risk assessment. Inappropriate footwear, thick floor rugs and other trip hazards are attributable to preventable falls. Assistive technology is available to detect a person rising from their bed or chair and to detect a person leaving a room or wandering away from safety. At Medpage, we manufacture and distribute a comprehensive range of wireless alarms, designed to substantially improve patient/resident safety. Continue reading “Long Range Wireless Care Call Solutions for Falls and Wander Detection”

IS SPREADING MALICIOUS RUMOURS THE WAY TO SECURE NEW BUSINESS?

I have recently received several reports that an organisation is providing misleading fictitious information concerning our range of bed occupancy detection systems attempting to win new customers. For over 20 years Medpage T/A Easylink UK have manufactured and supplied a range of sensor pads that are designed to detect the presence of a person in their bed from UNDER THE MATTRESS. According to this company, this is not the case as they are saying that our product is not sensitive enough to detect a person’s weight from under the mattress and will only work if the user lays directly on top of the sensor pad. Their offering will and it is the only one available that does so? Continue reading “IS SPREADING MALICIOUS RUMOURS THE WAY TO SECURE NEW BUSINESS?”

FLEXIBILITY OF RADIO PAGING ALARMS NOW WITH INTERNET CONNECTIVITY

Medpage Limited recently introduced a new concept in #elderly #homecare radio paging alarms that can also send alerts over the internet direct to a Smartphone. For home based carers the system provides pager alerts to pendant help call buttons, doors opening, bed and chair occupancy pressure mat alarms and general security alerts. When a carer is away from home the Smart #IoT station relays the alerts via a #Smartphone APP to your phone anywhere, with the time and date of the alert. Personalised messages are easily programmed making the system suitable for multiple care sensors or rooms/homes.

Our range of Wi-Fi only sensors provide similar options for off-site Smartphone alerts, they do not however, connect with a radio pager or in-home alarm receivers. The IoT Station satisfies both carer alert requirements and provides a flexible and expandable alarm solution.

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CARING FOR YOUR ELDERLY OR AILING FAMILY WITH ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

AGING PARENTS ARE A WORRY – WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Definitely, having aging parents is a worry, especially when they live alone and may be some distance from where you live. Making regular phone calls and visits whenever possible will help to reduce their feeling of loneliness and isolation but it does not stop you worrying if they are OK. Continue reading “CARING FOR YOUR ELDERLY OR AILING FAMILY WITH ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY”

IS SELF FUNDING A REALISTIC ROUTE TO INDEPENDENT LIVING?

Today, we wait with anxious anticipation for the announcements by the Chancellor detailing how the first budget since the Brexit vote will change our lives. Generous allocation of Taxpayer’s contributions into Health and Social Care is much needed but unlikely to materialise during this phase of potential tax increases and cutbacks predicted for health and environmental spending.

As pressure increases on the over-flexed health service, some aspects of social care and independent living are already changing. Some would argue more out of necessity than desire. Our aging population will continue to exert pressure on service and equipment provision and with stricter eligibility criteria, many families are left high and dry without daily living support.

A recent study conducted by the Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research, Coventry University, (Assisted Living Study COMODAL), investigated hurdles that could potentially hinder the implementation of a strategy to promote self-funding care options by raising awareness to Assistive Living Technology (ALT). Typically, the main obstruction was likely to be lack of understanding or awareness of Assisitive Technology. Under the Care Act (2014), Local Authorities are required to raise awareness to Assistive Technology and offer it as a solution to supplement an individual’s care requirements. Mmm? Raise awareness – but we have no money in the pot to provide it!! Clearly, it is the case that publicly affordable Assistive Technologies need to be the “NOW” thing and not a pipe dream solution for the future.

Raising awareness to Assisitve Technology needs to be incorporated into primary education curriculum to encourage dissemination of information through generations. Children love to impart their newly learned knowledge to their parents and Grandparents. For now, we will need to rely on the service and equipment suppliers to do the job of the Government.

There are numerous programs implemented to raise awareness to Assisitve Technology. The ATHOME website supporting independent living, asks the question “Have you thought about investing in your future independence” and provides a wealth of information to guide families and healthcare professionals through the relatively simple transgression to Assisitve Technology Enabled Care.

Visit ATHOME now to discover how Assisitve Tecnology could help you. http://www.athome.uk.com/

You may also consider a visit to a trade show such as Naidex where you can listen to expert speakers talking about technology and visit over 300 stalls to gain first-hand experience of Assistive Technology.

The next show at the Birmingham NEC is 28/29/30th March 2017. The show is free and you can register HERE

 

Article by Mike Dines www.medpage-ltd.com

Can Assistive Technology have an impact on the UK Healthcare crisis

The UK HealthCare crisis is frequently in the news, today (16th February 2017), was no exception with an announcement from Age UK saying that 1.2 million people do not receive the care they need and a staggering 696,500 receive no help, of whom 53,000 have trouble with at least three daily tasks such as washing, dressing and eating.

Increasing Healthcare costs funded by Spending Cuts to other vital services

Local Authorities spent £16bn last year on services for elderly and disabled people, after funding from central government was cut by a third in real terms during the last Parliament. Councils across the country are struggling to foot the bill for our healthcare and social care needs, finding it necessary to make budget cuts to other services including housing and road repairs.

Reducing costs should not be to the detriment of a person’s wellbeing

While it is considered by many that Assistive Technologies, specifically Telehealth, can help to reduce healthcare, there is no replacement for human interaction. Reducing care costs should not be to the detriment of a person’s feelings or wellbeing, or create isolation from the community. The Department of Health announced that “Telehealth” was the answer to reducing Healthcare costs by up to 1.2bn over 5 years. Results from a recent study led by Prof Stanton Newton of the School of Health Sciences, City University, London, measuring the quality of life of people using Telehealth products produced no measurable effect on feelings or wellbeing of those involved.

Assistive Technology prescribed/issued correctly has a positive effect on wellbeing

We are in a technological age where technology is part of everyone’s daily life. Everyone can appreciate the benefits provided a by TV Remote Control, a Cordless Telephone or a Mobile Telephone. The list is endless. These items are accepted by us because we have all grown up using them as part of our daily lives. Sadly, Assistive Technology, Telehealth, Telecare has not yet acquired that status due to lack of education from an early age. To console the sceptics, Assistive Care Technology is proven to improve the daily lives of its users and can aid independent living and if provided/prescribed correctly to a person, will have a positive effect on their daily lives and on reducing care costs. When a person feels safe at home, it is a positive effect on their wellbeing.

Medpage Limited T/A Easylink UK actively promote awareness of Assistive Technology and provide a diverse range of in-the-home care products.

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IoT Making care solutions more affordable

The Internet of Things has caused excitement in many business sectors by releasing the power of the internet to provide connectivity solutions for numerous applications, the care industry is one sector that is desperately searching for solutions for everyday care scenarios.

Medpage Limited have recently launched a radio paging IoT station that allows our range of radio paging products to provide alerts to live-in carers and carers away from home. Bed or chair occupancy sensors, call pendants, door alarm sensors, smoke alarms, water leak detectors and some of our medical product range can all communicate through the IoT station.

As an example of how this technology can help people live more independently, a person with mobility issues may use a call pendant to signal for help from their partner (carer) via a radio pager when they are at home. If the carer should leave the home to go shopping or on another errand the IoT station would relay the help call through the internet directly to their Smartphone providing an off-site alert. This dual functionally is virtually unique to this product and is available from the Medpage website.

MemRabel 2 daily calendar reminder clock with personalised media playback to aid people with dementia and other cognitive impairments

MemRabel 2 daily calendar reminder clock with personalised media playback to aid people with dementia and other cognitive impairments has been upgraded. So what is it? Watch this short video to learn more

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

MemRabel 2 allows a family member or health visitor to set daily time reminders with voice and picture or video reminders. Up to 20 reminders can be set for Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly playback. At alarm time the selected voice reminder with accompanying screen graphic or video is played back on the screen. Voice reminders can be set by number of repeats with the graphic set by a timed constant repeat interval from 5mins to 25mins. MemRabel 2 is supplied with pre-installed audio, picture, and video reminder files that are easily selected to create the majority of typical daily reminder requirements. Personal reminders can be created with audio (voice) and photograph, or a video which, can be added to the MemRabel library or selected as alarms from a flash drive inserted into one of the USB ports (standard or mini).

Choice of time displays to suit cognitive ability

  

Over 100 Pre-installed graphic, voice and video reminders

FEATURES SPECIFICATIONS

THE PERFECT MEMORY PROMPTING CALENDAR FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH FAILING MEMORY
BIG EASY TO SEE TIME DISPLAYS

INTERNAL MEDIA STORAGE OF 8GB
CREATE UP TO 20 PERSONALISED REMINDER MESSAGES FOR ALARM TIME PLAYBACK
OVER 100 PRE-INSTALLED ALARM REMINDERS
UK 24 MONTH WARRANTY

Overall dimensions: 8 ¾’’ x 7’’
Screen Size 6 ¾’’ x 4 ¾’’
Resolution 1080/720
Picture formats JPG,BMP, PNG, GIF
Audio Playback Formats MP3, WMA, OGG, APE, AAC, WAV, FLAC
Video Playback Formats RM, RMVB, AVI, MP4, MOV, VOB, PMP, FLV

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