Case study - how equipment helped Mrs Pearson

Mrs Pearson

Mrs Pearson added more sensors to her telecare system to ensure falls or unusual patterns of behaviour could be identified and any risks managed.

The challenge

Mrs Pearson has rheumatoid arthritis, as well as memory and sensory impairment difficulties. She lives with her husband in their semi-detached property and had been falling on a regular basis due to the worsening of her condition. Mr Pearson is still working part time and is concerned about his wife falling while he is out of the home. He was even considering moving from their home of forty years into sheltered or residential care.

Possible solutions

  1. Mr and Mrs Pearson already had a telecare system in their home, consisting of a personal alarm button and control box. Staff from their local Council Telecare Service recommended additional sensors be added to the telecare system.
  2. A bed occupancy sensor was installed so that if Mrs Pearson gets out of bed in the night and does not return within a pre-set time period, her husband is woken by an alarm next to the bed. If he does not cancel the alarm, for example if he is away on business, an alert is sent to the monitoring centre who can check on Mrs Pearson's safety.
  3. Mrs Pearson wears a fall detector on her belt during the day when her husband is out. This detects the movements which indicate that a fall has taken place.
  4. Movement detectors have also been installed around the house that detect if Mrs Pearson hasn't moved within a set period of time, indicating a possible fall. Click here for more advice on fall prevention and detection.

The outcome

Both Mr and Mrs Pearson, and their son and daughter, feel relieved that this system is in place. It gives them peace of mind and allows Mr Pearson to get a good night's sleep. Mr Pearson said: With the sensors we feel so much more rested and a lot less stressed. Someone said to us 'Its like Big Brother watching you', and I said 'No, its Big Brother's friend looking after us'.

To view the telecare equipment listed above click on the relevant pictures below:

Control boxes

The 'control box' or 'base unit' is the part of the telecare system which is connected to your phone line and receives signals from your personal buttons and sensors.