Case study - how equipment helped Tehream


Information and alerts from a telecare system allowed Tehream to know what her boys were getting up when she was asleep.

The challenge:

Tehream is a single mum who cares for her two sons aged 7 and 12 who both have autism and are profoundly deaf. While full of energy and fun, the boys often require more attention and energy than Tehream can provide. Her younger child is currently in foster care with regular home visits. The main problem is that the boys get up in the night and there are risks and problems associated with this activity. Tehream has not had a full night's sleep for ten years. Her eldest son left the sink running and flooded the kitchen and both sons are prone to leaving the house by the windows and doors, causing danger to themselves

Possible solutions

Teream discussed the problem with her social services Occupational Therapist who recommended a telecare solution that would allow Tehream to know as soon as an incident occurs, via a pager during the day and as a vibrating alarm under a pillow at night. The solution includes:

  • A bed occupancy sensor for each of the boys' beds. If the boys get out of bed in the night and don't return within a pre-set period of time, Tehream is woken by the vibrating alarm.
  • Flood detectors in the kitchen and bathroom, for in the event that her sons leave the water running again.
  • Property exit sensors on the door to property and also on the windows. With these in place, if the boys leave the house without Tehream's knowledge she is alerted via either the pager or the under pillow vibrator.

The outcome

Tehream says ''I have been able to get a good night's sleep for the first time in many years as I no longer have to stay awake at night worrying about my sons' activities. The system gives me vital information to help me in caring for my children. They would both be in foster care if it wasn't for telecare''.

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