Home In focus Stay independent with help from Telecare

Stay independent with help from Telecare

by Gemma Melling

Are you aged 65 or over? Would you – or someone you know – like help staying safe and independent at home? Then the latest Telecare devices may be the answer.

Telecare uses remote monitoring technology to alert support services of falls – or any other emergency – and helps people stay independent in their own home for as long as possible. And the really good news is that most of these aids are free for many Knowsley residents.

How does Telecare work?

Closeup of a Telecare wristband being worn

A small ‘Lifeline’ base unit is installed in your home and you are given either an alarm button pendant or a wrist band which can detect if you need help.

Your alarm call will be picked up by a trained operator who will quickly assess the problem and organise help, as well as informing your family or carer.

A care worker can then use a ‘keysafe’ unit fitted outside your front door to securely enter your property. These visits may incur a small cost.

Find out more about Telecare

To find out if you could benefit from the free Telecare equipment, look out for the information leaflet in the latest print edition of Knowsley News – being distributed now.

You can also register your interest by ringing us on 0151 443 5199 or filling in the form on the council’s website.