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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice.

Equipment to help you stay safe at home

There are many way to help you stay safe in your home. Some of these you can carry out yourself, such as:

Find more tips on making your home safe on the Adult Social Care Directory.


Telecare systems raise an alarm when you are in danger. Telecare works through a careline connected to your phone. The careline can get alerted by pressing an emergency button, or by sensors in the home which detect a range of problems.

The careline can go through to a:

  • parent/carer

  • relative

  • neighbour

If they do not respond a 24 hour monitoring and response centre will pick up the call and help you.
There are a range of Telecare systems to cater for different needs and to detect different issues.

These include:

  • raising an alarm if you fall over

  • if you have left the bath running

  • if you haven't got out of bed in the morning

  • reminding you to take tablets

See what a Telecare system could do to support your needs or visit an Independent Living Centre to view the systems and get advice.

How can I get Telecare?

You may be able to get support through the council to buy, install and maintain the equipment. This will depend on your needs and finances. See if you are eligible for support.

If you get continuing healthcare funding, you may be able to get Telecare as part of your package. 

If you are not eligible for support you can buy telecare through an organisation.

More information

Visit the Disability Living Foundation for information on independent living and equipment.

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