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Living Independently with Telecare

26th April 2012 |

The term Telecare/Telehealth is given to a piece of technology that assists people who require support with their day-to-day life. This technology provides the care and reassurance needed to allow people to remain living in their own home with a minimal amount of support.

In its simplest form, Telecare/ Telehealth can refer to a mobile telephone with a connection to a monitoring centre through which the user can raise an alarm. Other forms of this could be: medication dispensers, telephone prompt service; movement; monitoring and much more. Technologically more advanced systems can monitor or help manage various tasks, such as when an individual should take medication or even enable an individual to open their front door.

It is important to note that ‘Telecare/Telehealth’ is not just a warning system, it can be used as a preventative measure, whereby people can become part of the community through regular communication and support. There are around one in five adults in the UK who are disabled; more than one million of those live independently.

At ubu, with the right assistance of ‘Telecare/Telehealth’, we enable people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. Maintaining someone’s independence is the key to success; each small step a person makes with this assistance helps them to become more independent.

The Department of Health believes that at least three million people with long term conditions and/or social care needs could benefit from the use of telehealth and telecare services.

Implemented effectively, Telecare/Telehealth can alleviate the pressure on long term NHS and Local Authority costs and improve the quality of life of people through better self-care in the home setting. On 19th January 2012 Paul Burstow, Minister for Care Services, committed to work with industry to support the NHS, social care and professional partners in the new 3millionlives initiative.
At ubu we are members of TSA (Telecare Services Association) and supporters with the TSA of the 3millionlives campaign

The main objectives of 3millionlives are:

• for DoH (department of Health) and industry to work together over the next 5 years to develop the market and remove barriers for delivery.
• for DoH to create the right environment to support the uptake of Telehealth and Telecare, including rewarding organisations for adopting and integrating these technologies in services
by developing a tariff.
• for industry to work with the NHS, social care and other stakeholders to simplify procurement and commissioning processes for Telehealth and Telecare services at scale.
• to put the NHS and UK industry at the forefront of Telehealth and Telecare globally, developing significant opportunities for UK plc,
• to promote the benefits that Telehealth and Telecare services can provide people in managing their own health and care.

Belinda Patrick
Development Lead Manager

Living Independently with Telecare

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