A horrifying story appeared in the press this week about how an elderly lady who suffers with dementia was left locked on a bus for nearly three hours. The ironic part of the story is that the staff who had forgotten her were working for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Theres no doubt that any of us with an elderly relative would be mortified if one of our relatives had undergone such an ordeal. Whilst it may be difficult to prevent situations highlighted in the story above, there are things we can do to help them stay safe in their own home.
Many of the enquiries we receive here at TeleCare24 careline centre come from people with an elderly relative, trying to ensure that elderly parents can remain safe and secure in their own home. A careline alarm actually helps over 1 million elderly people across the UK stay safe in their own homes.
We feel a careline alarm can help many more people, but often the stigma attached to having a careline alarm can put elderly people off having one installed. They may feel a careline alarm signifies that they are losing their freedom, whereas we firmly believe that a careline service can actually increase a persons level of independence, rather than restrict it.
Here are our top reasons as to why your elderly relative could benefit by having a careline alarm.
Over 3 million people over the age of 65 now live alone, many having lost their long term partner which can increase their feelings of isolation and of feeling vulnerable. Knowing that a careline team are there if ever they need to speak to someone really does help older people feel more secure at home.
Many relatives contacting us live some distance away from their elderly loved ones. Their overriding fear is they do not live close enough to provide help if there was an emergency. Our Careline team has operators on hand 24 hours a day who can organise emergency assistance if it’s required. That gives our users and their relative’s real peace of mind.
1 in 3 people over the age of 60 fall each year. Repeated falls can lead to serious health complications as once someone of this age group has a fall, the likely hood of repeated falls increases dramatically. Whilst a careline alarm will not prevent a fall, you can use a pendant that will detect a fall, alerting the careline team who can in turn provide immediate assistance, even if the individual has been knocked unconscious.
Some elderly people may begin to show signs of forgetfulness. Simple tasks such as turning off bath taps or the gas fire can lead to distressing situations if left unattended. A Careline alarm has the ability to control various sensors around the home to make these situations far less likely – or indeed if they occur – they can be rectified immediately.
For example a simple flood detector place on the floor will alert our careline team if the taps are left on and the bath overflows. A flooded bathroom can then be avoided! Over 30 sensors can be connected to one careline alarm, with CO2, Carbon Monoxide and Bed sensors being the most popular. If you require any information on these then please contact our information team on 0800 180 8540.