People interested in how telecare technology can help older and vulnerable people to live independently are encouraged to attend an event in West Malling to mark Telehealthcare Awareness Day on June 3.
The technology ranges from alarm systems which can let a family member, friend, neighbour, nurse or warden know by phone when there’s something wrong; or equipment which can monitor your health in your own home and send the measurements straight to your doctor or nurse.
Telecare provider Centra Pulse is hosting the event in partnership with Kent County Council to increase understanding of telecare and address some of the misconceptions surrounding it such as what conditions and ages it’s suitable for.
Drop in sessions throughout the day will allow guests to watch demonstrations of the latest technology including GPS enabled devices that work outside the home.
They can also take part in Dementia Friends training to gain a greater understanding of how sufferers can be supported to feel accepted and understood in their communities. Tours of the monitoring centre and the chance to talk to those who already use the service will also be available.
Susan Smart, Operations Director at Centra Pulse, said: “Through providing our customers with vital support everyday via our busy monitoring centre, we know how important telecare is to many people in the UK.
“We want our event to explain the really positive role that telecare can play and how it can help people retain their independence.”
Anne Tidmarsh, Director of Older People and Physical Disability at Kent County Council, said: “We are delighted to support Centra Pulse’s telehealthcare awareness event. Along with our partners, KCC has been at the forefront of provision for telehealth and telecare over the past decade.
“In partnership with Centra Pulse and Commercial Services Kent, we supply a comprehensive telecare monitoring and equipment service to over 6,000 Kent residents.
“We are looking to build on this success and I urge anyone who wishes to find out more about the services on offer now and in the future to come on 3 June and participate in what should prove to be an interesting and informative event.”
More than 125,000 Centra Pulse customers including more than 85,000 over-65s already use telecare technology, which includes personal alarms, fall detector sensors and out of the home GPS devices, to stay living more independently.
Centra Pulse’s Telehealthcare Awareness day takes place on Wednesday, June 3 between 11am and 2.30pm at its King’s Hill offices – 32 Tower View, King’s Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4ED (parking available).
Centra is part of not-for-profit organisation Circle Housing.