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Technology to help - long-term health conditions

Technology can help you if you have a long-term health condition such as dementia, memory loss or epilepsy.


A careline can alert a monitoring centre and call for assistance if needed. The simplest form of a careline is a personal alarm, which includes a button on a pendant or wrist strap and a base unit that works with your telephone system.

You can press the button if you need help, for example, if you have fallen over and can't get up or if you feel unwell or unsafe. Pressing the button will contact a monitoring centre and a speaker on the base unit will let you talk to them. The monitoring centre will then call a family member, friend or the emergency services, depending on what you need.

Please note that carelines rely on you pressing the button yourself for assistance. If this is not possible, you may want to think about having sensors instead. You can add extra sensors to the base unit that can trigger alerts to the monitoring centre.

Memory prompts

Medication reminders

Medication reminders can help if you are worried about forgetting to take your medication. They are pill dispensers that can be filled with the correct dosage. They will sound an alarm when it's time for you to take your medication and will only release the correct dosage. If you don't take your medication within a set period of time, an alert will be sent to the monitoring centre.

Clocks and calendars

Special clocks can display the time and date to help people with memory loss. Some can even give you reminders, such as going to an appointment, take your medication or make yourself a hot drink.

How clocks and reminders can help if you have memory loss or dementia
How clocks and reminders can help if you have memory loss or dementia

Movement sensors for wandering

If you are worried about wandering at night and leaving the house, a movement sensor can help. This will raise an alert with your carer if you leave the house.

How movement sensors can help if you're worried about wandering
How movement sensors can help if you're worried about wandering

Seizure alarms if you have epilepsy

You can use a careline to raise an alert if you feel you're going to have a seizure.

There are also sensors you can use that will detect if you are having a seizure, and they will raise an alert. Some detectors can be worn and will detect if you fall over or if your heart rate changes. Other detectors can be placed on top of your mattress and will detect if you're having a seizure when you're in bed.

Epilepsy Action has more information about equipment and technology if you have epilepsy.


Telehealth allows you to measure your vital signs such as your heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen and temperature in your own home, without having to go to the doctor's or hospital. The information you record is automatically sent to a monitoring centre. Your doctor will be alerted if your results are not as expected.

Dorset Healthcare have more information about telehealth.

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