Case study - how equipment helped Mrs Evans

Mrs Evans

Mrs Evans is 84 and lives alone. She suffers from spinal damage which restricts her movement and as a result she is very worried about falling over.

Her concerns:

Mrs Evans was unstable on her feet and had recently fallen in the house. She was on the floor for several hours before managing to drag herself to her telephone and ringing her daughter for help. She is very worried about the prospect of being stuck on the floor if she falls again and unable to call for help.

The solution:

  1. A telecare system was installed including a control box / base unit unit with a personal alarm button.
  2. Mrs Evans wears a fall detector around her waist during the day. This detects a sudden jolt followed by a horizontal position which is what occurs in the majority of falls.
  3. Movement detectors have also been installed that detect if Mrs Evans 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:

Mrs Evans was initially wary of telecare, but since having used it to call for help on several occasions when she was ill in the night, she doesn't know what she would do without it.

Mrs Evan's Occupational Therapist said "I'm really pleased with her progress since she had a telecare system installed and all her friends have told me that she's really back to her old self again. Every time I see someone in her situation, I recommend they use a telecare system because it really is a life saver."

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.