Telecare goes on tour in Gloucestershire

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OLDER people, those with physical or learning disabilities or mental health conditions and their relatives can try out devices to help keep them safe.

They will be able to try out Telecare equipment - discreet devices around the house which activate when help is needed- see demonstrations and talk to Telecare experts in a series of events across the county.

Devices can detect potential incidents including people falling, wandering, taking incorrect doses of medication, or alerting responders to fire, flooding, carbon monoxide or gas leaks.

The tour will include Market Square, Stow, on Thursday, March 20 and Morrisons, Ashchurch Road, Tewkesbury, on Friday, March 21from 10am to 4pm.

To share the benefits of Telecare with as many people as possible the service is going out on the road using the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group NHS Trust’s health information bus.

Cllr Andrew Gravells, Cabinet member for older people, said: “Telecare is one of the ways forward for people who need a bit of extra support to continue living safely and independently at home.

“One of the biggest barriers to people trying Telecare is the fear that it is too much technology or too complicated to use.

“By getting out and about and demonstrating how it works I hope we can show people just how simple and easy to use it is."

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