Category Archives: Living Independently

Advice on Community Alarm Services and Telecare

You may wish to consider having an alarm call system to summon help if, for example, you have a fall. The community alarms and telecare service is one such emergency support alarm service, which operates 24-hours a day, 365 days of the year.

The telecare equipment gives you the reassurance of knowing that help is just the touch of a button away.

Each local authority has a service, the aim of which is to put you or your family directly in touch with the support you need in any emergency.

How does a Community Alarm Service Work?

The local authority can install equipment in your home which is linked to your home telephone. This might be a button, pendant or a range of sensors and detectors.

Within seconds of pressing an emergency button or a sensor automatically activating this will connect you to a trained operator who will have all the necessary information to be able to get help to you quickly.

This may mean alerting a neighbour, a relative, your GP or the emergency services. They will be able to send help to you even if you are not able to speak to them.

Who is a Community Alarm Service suitable for?

An alarm service is particularly helpful for people who:

  • live alone
  • have physical disabilities
  • have sensory impairment
  • may be forgetful or confused
  • have a learning disability
  • may be at risk of domestic violence
  • have a carer needing extra support
  • are at risk of falls
  • are vulnerable

Your local authority can usually give you more information or arrange for a demonstration of their community alarm service.

New Topic – Regaining Your Independence

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Continuing Care Advice

People who are old and frail, those with chronic or degenerative diseases, or perhaps with other complex health needs, may require specialist care, regular treatment or other support on a long-term basis. This is known as Continuing Care.

This page includes:

  • What is continuing care?
  • Who is eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare?
  • Who decides about NHS Continuing Healthcare?

Being Discharged to a Care Home

This page includes:

  • While you are in hospital
  • Discharge from Hospital
  • Discharge to a Care Home

Palliative Care Advice

Palliative care is the active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families. Many aspects of palliative care are also applicable earlier in the course of the illness in conjunction with other treatments.

This page includes:

  • While you are in hospital
  • In hospital
  • In the community
  • Live-in Care

Advice on Living Independently

Useful resources and advice for independent living.