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Help to live at home

Technology (aids) to help you in your home

There are many types of technology and equipment available to help you remain living safely, comfortably, and independently in your home. These can range from activity monitors and medication reminders, to personal alarms and much more.

This type of support is known as Technology Enabled Care (TEC), which is also known as assistive technology or telecare.

TEC can help:

  • people to live at home safely, securely, and independently for longer
  • empower people to manage their care in a way that is right for them
  • allow early intervention to avoid deterioration in people’s health and improve their quality of life
  • reduce the risk of unplanned hospital entry through falls or accidents
  • reduce or delay people needing long-term residential care
  • provide support and reassurance to the person, to their family, friends, and their carers

TEC works through the installation of a range of different sensors in your home via a control box to a monitoring centre that is there to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sensors can be set up and programmed in a wide variety of ways. For example, if a person was at risk of falling when getting out of bed a sensor could be installed to alert a responder if this happened. If a person was forgetful then the system could remind them to take medication or check whether doors had been left open or taps left running. 

These are just a few examples. TEC is developing all the time and new products are becoming available to help people live more safely and independently.

In Central Bedfordshire TEC is provided by us through our partnership with Millbrook Healthcare, normally after a care assessment has been carried out by our staff.

This new service has replaced our Telecare service previously offered by Grand Union Housing Group. If you were previously supported with this Telecare service you will continue to receive support from Millbrook Healthcare. If you have a problem with existing equipment (whether it was installed by Grand Union or Millbrook Healthcare) or you no longer need it, you can contact Millbrook Healthcare Service Centre.

Telephone: 0333 003 8074 (opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm) 

If you would prefer to organise TEC yourself without approaching the council, Miguardian are able to offer services direct by calling 0800 130 0011 (opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm).

For people who just need to be able to alert someone in an emergency, we offer the Lifeline alarm system in some parts of Central Bedfordshire.