Assistive Technology, also known as Telecare, allows people to remain living independently for as long as possible by providing them with the technology to support them.
Two types of technology can be offered: linked and stand-alone.
Linked technology is based around a call service and uses pendants and care alarms to connect to a central response centre. If the alarm is activated the call centre is able to contact carers, family and emergency services if assistance is needed.
Standalone equipment allows people to use technology to help them to continue living independently.
Examples of some standalone equipment are:
- automatic lights, or easy to switch on lights
- sensor mats to alert carers of movement when people are at risk of falling
- loud flashing doorbells (for people with visual and/or hearing impairments)
Who can get equipment?
Equipment is available for adults and disabled children who have a level of disability or frailty which means they may not be fully independent in their activities in their daily life such as, cooking and eating, bathing, getting dressed and toileting.
How much does it cost?
Equipment tends to be provided on a loan basis. Small adaptations to your home will be provided based on an assessment. For any major adaptations a charge may apply.
How do I apply?
If you are receiving a service through Social Care or Health Care, you can ask your assigned worker to make a referral for you. We also have a demonstration flat which you can visit to learn more about the equipment. To request a care alarm or visit the demo flat, please contact the Nottingham Health and Care Point on 0300 131 0300.
Other Useful Contacts
RNID is the UK's national charity supporting deaf people and those with hearing loss and tinnitus. They provide a range of equipment that can help you with your hearing and managing day-to-day tasks easier.
Please visit their website for more information: www.rnidconnevans.co.uk
My Sight Nottinghamshire is a local charity which promotes greater independence for visually impaired people of all ages throughout the county by providing emotional support, practical advice, information and training together with a huge range of adapted leisure activities, helping local visually impaired people to live life to the full.
Please visit their website for more information: www.mysightnotts.org.uk