Posted: Tuesday 7th August 2018
Herts Careline has launched a new project with the Social Care Team at Lister Hospital, Stevenage, providing a package of telecare to patients who are due to be discharged home from hospital, to allow them to return home safely and more quickly.
In partnership with Hertfordshire County Council (HCC), Herts Careline has provided the hospital with 20 community alarm and pendant kits which patients can take home free of charge for 6 weeks. Once at home the alarm units can be ‘plugged in’ and connected to Careline’s emergency 24/7 Control Room. If the patient feels unwell they can press the pendant and help is on hand straight away. After the 6 free weeks, which is paid for by HCC, the patient can decide whether to subscribe to the service or return the equipment. Other telecare equipment can be connected to the community alarm device if additional risks are identified.
David Martins-Hesp, Assistive Technologies Manager at Herts Careline, said: "This is an exciting pilot which is already helping patients return home more quickly. The hospital has our equipment ready for patients to take home when they are discharged and they are very quickly connected to 24/7 help once they’re home. This avoids the application process. If people wish to stay connected and pay for the service after their 6 free weeks that’s a benefit to them long term, but if they feel happy to cope without us we will refurbish the equipment and have it ready for another member of the community".
We are also able to offer the service to to other hospitals across the county so more people can benefit.