Hi-Tech Home Healthcare To Help Older People
Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced new sites that will use hi-tech home healthcare to help older people, and those with long term conditions.
The new sites will lead more independent lives - helping to prevent emergency or unexpected admissions to hospital.
Telehealth monitoring devices help people with long-term conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, to monitor and manage their condition. People test their blood glucose levels or blood pressure on a small machine at home. The results are monitored by healthcare professionals who can alert patients with any concerns. The local GP surgery can also monitor the patient remotely.
Telecare devices consist of sensors in the home and carry out simple tasks like switching lights on or raising an alarm if an old person does not return to bed in the middle of the night. These systems are closely monitored and ensure assistance is sent to an old person as soon as they need it.
Teams in Kent, Newham and Cornwall have been awarded