Accessibility Options

Technology Enabled Care (TEC)

The TEC team provides guidance, training and advice to citizens and professionals. When appropriate, we can loan assistive technology to support the independence and safety of people living in Cambridgeshire. We can also provide reassurance and support for family members. People are happier and healthier when they can remain as independent as possible in their communities.

Our services:

  • prevent, reduce and delay the need for formal care services
  • support informal carers
  • help communities build resilience

How can TEC make life easier?

There are different ways to remind people to take their medicine. It is best to use existing systems before trying new ones. This could mean:

  • using the calendar on a mobile phone
  • using an existing smart home assistant
  • downloading an app which prompts you to take medication
  • using a multi alarm wrist watch or clock

If these do not work, we would discuss the use of an automated dosset box. Alarms can be added to the box raise alerts if medication is not taken.

If you are struggling to manage a complicated medication regime, speak to your GP or pharmacist. They can review your medication with you.

Seizure activity is often complex but certain types of seizure can be detected electronically via combinations of continuous movements, noise and in some cases pulse rate change. Detectors are usually used overnight under the mattress of your bed but there are alternative options which you can wear. Alerts can be raised via a pager or a smart device.

If you have a cognitive impairment, door alarms can help to ensure your safety by notifying someone else if you go through a door. Alarms can be applied to internal or external doors and can provide reassurance for family members.

These can assess how you are managing at home by looking at your activity levels around the property over a period of time. With this information we can support you and your carers to make informed decisions about support options to maximise independence where possible.

Just Checking uses small motion detectors to check on the movements and activity of a person. Find out more about Just Checking.

You can wear these devices alongside a community alarm pendant. They can detect a series of events such as an impact, a change of height and acceleration. Using this information the falls detector can raise an alert independently of the wearer to indicate that there may have been a fall.

If you have a fall you will be able to get help more quickly. Having these devices can help you to feel more confident when walking around your home and can provide piece of mind to family members.  For overnight we may also suggest a bed sensor in addition, or instead of, a falls detector. This will raise an alert if you do not go to bed or are out of bed during the night for an unusual period of time which might indicate a problem.

TEC interventions can support informal carers. by reducing anxieties about how another person is managing or ensuring that they are safe and managing themselves.

We’ve teamed up with Carers UK to give carers in our area access to a wide range of digital tools and essential resources that may help make their caring situation easier.

 Create an account at the Carers UK website using the free access code: DGTL3385 .

This includes smoke, flood or gas detectors to raise alerts remotely when activated. Other solutions include panic buttons, smart doorbells.

The TEC team can loan a variety of devices to help with daily living. For example picture clocks which offer visual and audible cues to a variety of daily tasks such as eating, drinking and taking medication. More recently we have started loaning flashing drink prompts. Dehydration  can make people very unwell. 

Telecare Services Association (TSA) has a number of inspiring video case studies which show the impact TEC can have on individuals and their families.

Next steps

Having read through the resources on this page, if you have any further queries, please contact us for an informal discussion about items available and other devices we can provide to meet your needs.

Telephone: 01480 378 160 
Email: [email protected]

You can make a formal referral to the service by completing the online form below:

Request support from the Technology Enabled Care team

If you are an existing TEC user and are waiting for equipment or want to report a fault, please contact NRS Healthcare.

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 as it could be reused.

  • If you received equipment from us please call 01480 378 160
  • If you received equipment from an occupational therapist, please call 0345 121 3456
  • If you received equipment from Sensory Services, please call 0345 045 5202

Guidance for provision of community equipment in care homes

Information for care home providers

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