Assistive technology telehealthcare (ATT)
Technology can help you remain independent, safe and well in your own home and provide peace of mind to those who care for you.
- Assistive technology and devices to alert, remind or prompt you
- Detectors to keep you safe and alert someone
- Telehealthcare equipment to monitor chronic long-term conditions
If you have a disability or illness, or are caring for someone who has, there is a range of technology, equipment and devices available to meet your assessed needs.
Anyone can refer themselves for an assessment by the Assistive Technology Telehealthcare team, or you may be referred by a health professional or someone that you’re already working with.
Please send referrals to: [email protected]
After the referral has been made, someone will talk to you and those who care for you about your situation and what you want to achieve, and if appropriate, a member of the team can visit you to identify and discuss your current needs. Through these discussions and in consultation with other professionals, we can identify the appropriate technology, ensuring that it adds value to the delivery of care and your independence.
Types of technology, equipment and devices
There are many things that can be provided by the Assistive Technology Telehealthcare team to meet your assessed needs. Here are a few examples:
Equipment you can use to remind and prompt you or to detect movement or prevent falls.
- Medication and pill reminders: Devices enabling timely delivery of medication, such as an automated alarmed dosset box that holds doses of medication and will sound an alarm when programmed.
- Flood prevention device: If you leave the taps running, a bath and sink safety plug will help to prevent flooding.
- Movement detection: A pressure mat has a pager that can be programmed to alert someone when the mat is stood on. Pressure pads may also be used to detect a person in a chair or lying in bed to help detect falls.
- Preventing falls at night: A motion-activated light sensor comes on when movement is sensed for those at risk of falling in the dark.
Monitoring for some chronic long-term conditions. This is provided in conjunction with the specialist nursing teams and community matrons. This means that patients’ conditions can be monitored from afar, leading to greater self-management and less hospital admissions.
Devices that are used with a community alarm service, these devices, when activated, will operate the lifeline unit within the house, triggering action from a responder outside of the home using the telephone line to which it is connected.
- Falls detection: Using fall detectors, bed/chair sensors or motion sensors.
- Medication management: Via an automated dosset box linked to the lifeline.
- Property exit monitoring: To remotely alert if a person goes out and doesn’t return.
- Various household detectors: Smoke, flood and temperature changes in the home.
- Enuresis sensor (bed wetting): Placed under the bed sheet and activates the lifeline when it detects moisture.
Equipment loan and returns
If you have been assessed to need equipment, this is loaned to you, free of charge, for the duration of need and should be returned when no longer required.
- If you received equipment from Assistive Technology Teleheathcare please call 01480 378 160
- If you received equipment from an occupational therapist, please call 0845 121 3456
- If you received equipment from Sensory Services, please call 0345 045 5202
For more information on the items available and other devices we can provide to meet your assessed needs telephone: 01480 378 160