Telecare is the use of technology to support people to live in their own homes independently and prevent admission to care or hospital. In October 2016 the Telecare team along with Scottish Fire and Rescue received funding to work on fire safety initiatives and to trial new equipment. 499 additional pieces of Telecare equipment have been installed since October 2016.

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Case study:

Mr Allan* lives himself in a privately owned house. He came to our attention when accidentally setting his paper bin on fire. Mr Allan did not need Care at Home and Assessors recommended a Community Alarm and Pendant to enable Mr Allan to contact assistance should he have a fall. Telecare smoke detectors were fitted in his home. The Fire Service provided Fire Retardant bedding to ensure the risk was minimised as much as possible. This equipment is allowing Mr Allan to live independently with the risk of accidents reduced.