After his fall Fred now requires a frame to steady himself, which he uses both upstairs and downstairs. Supportive close family members visit every other day, the rest of the time he and his wife are on their own. At night-time Fred was using a torch to light his way to the bathroom (rather than switch on the main light, which would wake his wife).
Fred is using a walking frame to mobilise but this was causing him to be unsteady since he found it hard to hold the torch and manoeuvre his frame as well. At his assessment, Fred spoke of how he has always enjoyed spending time in his garden and of his hopes that he will be able to resume doing this in the near future.
A Lifeline pendant was installed, also a bed occupancy sensor linked to a bedside light by a X10 master & slave controllers. Installing the Lifeline made sure that Fred was able to raise an alert for help if his knees gave way. The provision of the bed occupancy sensors meant that Fred was able to visit the bathroom at night safely, using two hands to guide his frame; in addition an alert would be raised to the contact centre if he did not return to bed within a given time (indicating he may have suffered a fall). Fred says that the installation of telecare has been very beneficial. It has given him the confidence to be on his own in the house occasionally, also to mobilise in his house and garden, safe in the knowledge that he can call for assistance via his pendant if he needs it. He said that having the bedside light automatically switched on and off by the bed occupancy sensor when he gets out of bed has made visits to the bathroom much easier for him. His wife added that she can now sleep more soundly too, as she knows he can safely manage independently.
If the telecare equipment had not been installed, Fred feels that he would have been at much greater risk of falls, which could have resulted in hospital admissions. He also commented that he would have had to rely on family assistance to a much greater degree, which would have taken away much of his independence.
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