Almost 5 five ago I asked my Son (Technical Director) to design a product that would help my ageing parents (his Grandparents) remember daily tasks, such as taking medications, when their favourite TV programs were on the TV and the various weekly appointments they had.
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.
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
Many families can benefit from the use of Telecare Assistive Technologies. View this short video to see how it could help you.
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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Medpage Limited T/A Easylink UK regularly attend training events organised to raise awareness of Assisitve Technologies to practising Occupational Therapists. Our range of Stand-Alone Telecare products provide workable solutions to many care aid requirement scenarios and with over 30 years of experience in the industry, we have encountered most of them. If you would like to know more about our product training or awareness sessions, or you have an event organised and would like representation from Easylink, please contact us.
We are so grateful to you for giving your time today to come to Devon for our Advanced Equipment Training ‘Technology for Independence and Safety’ session.
We are finding these sessions are a really useful format for the experienced staff who are working in the community and the feedback from them is 100% positive. The therapy and nursing staff appreciate getting ‘hands on’ with the equipment and having the opportunity to meet you, talk to you about your products and make contact with you for future assessments or staff training.
We hope that you found the morning worthwhile and that we see you again in Devon soon.
Celia Avati on behalf of The OT Team at the ILC
Specialist Occupational Therapists
Independent Living Centre
Just a note to say thank you very much for the session today. We had colleagues there from Learning disabilities, community therapy services, hospital teams and county councils. The content was really well pitched, well presented and interesting. I think people would be very interested in an epilepsy specific session.
Thank you again it was much appreciated.
Victoria Malcher (née Tait)
Practice Supervisor Assistive Technology.
Assistive technology is available for people with dementia or other conditions that affect memory. Installing specialist equipment and facilities can go a long way towards helping someone with dementia to continue living at home safely.
AssistiveTechnology can give peace of mind to the person with dementia and their relatives, by confirming that they are safe at home. For example, Assistive Technology can help reassure you from a distance – that the person you care for has got out of bed (through a bed pressure sensor) but hasn’t left the house (front door sensor).
Assistive Technology is not as expensive as you may think. For less than £120.00 you can buy a bed pressure sensor and a front door sensor that connect through home broadband and send alarms and warnings directly to your Smartphone – anywhere in the world. See Wi-Fi Care Sensors
iHelp is a revolutionary new product that provides confidence for the user and peace of mind for family members and carers. iHelp is a personal tracker gives precise location details of the device, when requested, by family members or carers. iHelp also includes a fall sensor that can be turned on/off remotely via the free config APP. A location text with hyperlink to Google maps is sent to authorised users to enable quick location of the device.
iHelp can make and receive telephone calls at the press of a single button making it real easy for a confused person to use a mobile telephone. iHelp also features a talking medication reminder, which is set remotely by a carers mobile phone or via the free Android or iOS APP. If the user fails to acknowledge the reminder, carers are sent a warning text message by iHelp.
iHelp is free from telephone contracts and or subscription services making it an economical care investment, with the only ongoing costs being alarm texts sent by iHelp to carer mobiles, or the occasional phone call made from iHelp. iHelp even talks to the user when it is time to recharge the battery, or an alarm is activated, or the fall sensor is activated. iHelp also makes emergency help requests really easy with a large one-touch SOS button which, when activated sends warning texts with mapping location to carer mobiles backed up with a phone call. To view more details of this truly remarkable product visit or telephone 01536 264 869 to request a brochure.