Blindness & vision loss
In the UK, there are over 2 million people living with sight loss. Of these, around 360,000 are registered as blind or partially sighted. Being told you have a visual impairment that can’t be treated can be difficult to come to terms with. Sight loss affects people of all ages, but as we get older we are increasingly likely to experience sight loss.
Hearing loss is a common problem that often develops with age or is caused by repeated exposure to loud noises. Action on Hearing Loss estimates that there are more than 10 million (about 1 in 6) people in the UK with some degree of hearing impairment or deafness.
Telecare and sensory impairment
There are a range of telecare sensors that when connected to the Lifeline base unit can support both visually and hearing impaired users to live safely and independently at home. These sensors ensure the user or carer is alerted when an alarm call is raised via the Lifeline home unit.
Sound & flashing beacon
Provide audio and visual confirmation of an alert call e.g. smoke detector, providing additional reassurance for people with hearing impairments.
The Pillow Alert Pad is placed under the pillow and uses vibration to alert the sleeping user of various calls and alerts. The Pillow Alert Pad will vibrate at night to wake the sleeping user/carer for vital alarms such as smoke detectors.
Speaking / big button telephone
The phone is specifically designed for people with limited dexterity, hearing or visual impairments. Allows you to make and receive telephone calls by adjusting the receiver volume and having large number dialling keys.
Portable audio door entry
A transmitter that can be used around the home or garden. When activated the receiver sounds an alarm and illuminates one of four different coloured LED symbols to show which transmitter has been activated.
The DDA pager immediately alerts users or their carers when a telecare alarm is generated. They are particularly useful for users with hearing impairments or for live-in carers or family members who need to be notified quickly if the person they are caring for needs help.
Telecare has transformed the lives of me and my daughter
Sarah is profoundly deaf and has a young daughter aged 7, who has severe asthma. The daughter often has asthma attacks and will collapse, and Sarah will not be aware of these until she sees her.
Since the sensors have been installed it has allowed both mother and daughter much more peace of mind and freedom and given both a huge amount of help in the case of an emergency situation.