Leeds, like other national and international cities, is faced with a number of key challenges. The city’s population is set to rise to around one million, its economy is still recovering from the effects of global recession and the consequences of a changing climate have become all too apparent. Whilst we cannot get away from the challenges this brings, in some ways, it’s a great opportunity to maximise the advantages of modern technology – and that’s where ‘telecare’ comes in. Telecare is about caring for people remotely by using sensors that provide 24-hour safety monitoring, sending an alert to a Response Centre when it detects any problems. Telecare builds on the existing Care Ring pendant alarm system to offer added security at home. Sensors can be placed around the home on ceilings, doors and walls or can even be worn as a pendant, watch or belt.
It provides peace of mind for carers and helps older and vulnerable people to live more independently and safely in their own homes. Click here to find out how telecare has helped Jim and Joyce.
To help raise awareness of the benefits of telecare and telehealth technology, a two-part event is being held this week on Wednesday 23rd October for health and social care professionals in Leeds. Guest speakers will highlight key services and technology, and delegates will then be given the opportunity to trial the latest equipment for themselves at a drop-in exhibition.
Guest speakers include Dr Jason Broch, GP and Clinical Lead from Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group, Professor Sue Yeandle from the University of Leeds, Dr Mutaz Aldawould, GP and Clinical Lead from Alere and Local Care Direct, and also Alyson Bell, Managing Director of the Telecare Services Association.
Registration starts from 9am at the Village Hotel, 186 Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PR. For anyone that can’t make the morning session, the drop-in Leeds Telecare Exhibition is open to everyone and will be open from 12.30pm – 3.30pm. A light lunch will be provided.
If you support anyone in Leeds that could benefit from telecare, then it’s definitely worth going along. For more information, or to book your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 395 2566.
We’ll be catching up with guest speakers and delegates after the event, so look out for more on telecare later this week!