Case study - how equipment helped Keith


Keith has Stage 2 multiple sclerosis. Every so often he is unable to stop himself falling and occasionally knocks himself out if he falls backwards. As long as someone can get to him quickly, he’s fine after a fall but if left he would probably have to go to hospital and might not afterwards be able to return home. As a result, his wife had to give up well-paid work to care for him full time.

Now Keith has a NeAT falls detector that alerts the response service the moment he falls so that someone can go round and deal with the situation promptly.

Keith’s wife is now back at work. This results in the following benefits to the community:
• The government gets more income tax as Keith’s wife remains in work;
• All carer-related & low income supplemental payments are avoided;
• Keith’s wife is earning a bigger pension, so avoiding the need for support in the future;
• The local community benefits from the additional spending, & the government receives more VAT;
• Keith spends less time in hospital, due to the rapid response to falls.

If Keith’s wife is currently earning 100k pa, the government is therefore receiving benefits of at least 50k pa. However, the Council, as the original investor in this service, only provided Keith with a small care package and so sees no immediate benefit from the service provision for its 400 outlay and monitoring costs of 5/week.

To view similar telecare fall detector equipment to that mentioned in the above casestudy click on the picture below:

The above fall detector equipment needs to be connected to a help centre via a control box: