Assistive Technology (AT) is any product or service designed to enable independence for disabled and older people.
The name ‘Assistive Technology / Telecare’ refers to devices that continuously, automatically and remotely monitor real-time emergencies to manage the risks associated with living alone. Sensors around the home can be linked via a telephone line to an Emergency Response Centre. Sensors can be used to detect a range of situations that could indicate potential hazards.
Below is a range of assistive technology senors with a brief description on how each one operates
Located in the Home
1. Temperature Sensor -Alerts emergency response centre when there is a sudden rise in temperature or when a defined temperature is reached.
2. Bed Occupancy Sensor – Alerts emergency response centre when the client gets out of bed during the night and does not return within a defined time period.
3. Smoke Detector – Upon detection of smoke, it provides an early warning to the client & alerts the emergency response centre.
4. Inactivity monitor- Upon detecting lack of movement (programmable parameters), it alerts the emergency response centre.
5. Bogus/Panic Button – Allows the client to contact the emergency response centre in the event of a bogus visitor or a panic situation.
6. Window/Door Exit Sensor – Alerts emergency response centre when a door or window has been opened. Individually programmed to the client’s needs.
7. Base Alarm – Linked to all sensors, the base unit contains a microphone that allows the client to speak to an operator when pendant is pressed.
8. Flood Detector – alerts emergency response centre when the client gets out of bed during the night and does not return within a defined time period.
Kept on the Person
- Pendant worn alarm trigger.
- Duplicated triggers for multiple clients in the same property.
- Fall sensor.
- Wrist worn alarm trigger.