Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Thousands of people across the country live in fear about what might happen should they suffer a fall whilst home alone. But thanks to technology offered by Mi these days of worry could be could be coming to an end.
The Falls Package is a discreet bit of technology that’s available for free by referral from your GP. The package includes an intercom system, that’s installed into your home, and a pendant that is worn around the person’s neck or wrist. If a person needs help they can simply press the pendant to be instantly connected to a friendly and professional adviser via a 24-hour helpline. The adviser will talk with you about the help you need and if necessary call a friend, relative or the emergency services. It’s as simple as that; complete peace of mind for you and your family.
Dr Maurice Smith, chair of the More Independent (Mi) board, and executive lead for Integrated Care at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, strongly supports this and other technologies that have been made available in the city. “Liverpool is leading the way in pioneering technologies that can change people’s lives – supporting them to live as confidently, healthily and independently as they possibly can in their own homes.”
75-year-old grandmother Win Cumine is a great example of how effective this technology can be. Win suffers from arthritis, which limits her mobility, and normally in the event of a fall, she could find herself trapped and unable to call for help. But thanks to the Falls Package she can now live confidently and independently in her own home, safe in the knowledge she’s always got someone there to help her.
Win highly recommends the Falls Package and finds it very simple to use: “All I need to do is press the button on my wristband and help will be there, 24 hours a day. It’s given me and my family tremendous peace of mind. I don’t need to feel isolated and worried anymore because of the helpline. Just because you’re getting older or have a health problem, you don’t have to give up, or feel isolated or trapped in your own home. The technology is there to use, I’ve recommended it to lots of my friends!”
If you’re worried about what might happen if you suffer a fall at home, ask your GP if you could get the Falls Package for free on prescription. It could really help you start to live a more independent life.