Telecare case studies
Telecare enables Vilma to live safely and independently at home
with her husband.
View a written transcript of Vilma's
Telecare has strengthened a Maidstone couple’s relationship, and
improved their quality of life.
Mick and Jean have been married for 43 years.
When Mick was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989 both their
lives took a dramatic turn.
The burden of Mick’s disability has over time,
had a significant impact on their lives. Mick has had to deal
with adapting day-to-day with the effects of MS which for him
includes enduring a level of disability, having to use a
wheelchair, fatigue, and an increasingly poor short-term
Meanwhile Jean has taken on the role of her
husband’s full-time carer, a role that most spouses take on as a
matter of course and very often their efforts as formal carers are
Mick’s Care Manager initially recommended him
for the Telecare service because of the risks to him associated
with falling. It wasn’t until later that Jean noticed an unexpected
benefit to her as a carer.
Jean started to use the Telecare system as a
respite service. Ensuring that Mick was wearing his Telecare
pendant, she said “if I’m having a bad day, stress, the lot, I’m
out of the door, I can get in the car, and down the shops I go!
Rediscovering her independence and knowing
that Mick is looked after by Telecare has freed Jean up to enjoy
some time for herself where she can look after her own needs and
enjoy the company of friends and family without constantly looking
over her shoulder to check on her husband."
“Life as a 24/7 carer is extremely stressful
but every now and then one receives a kindly word of encouragement
or help, which reduces the stress load.”
Alarm systems were put into place, which
alerted myself whenever my wife decided to leave her chair or bed
at night. I have to admit that these alarms have eased my life in
the way that I can now prepare meals or do some washing etc. and
have confidence that I will be alerted if my wife is having
I have been asked by Telecare to trial a pager
which will enable me to go into the garden or upstairs and know
with confidence that I will be alerted if my wife needs help.
I am convinced that without these aids I would
be finding life so much more difficult, and it has given me a small
degree of independence, which is invaluable.”