Technology Enabled Care (TEC)
Technology enabled care is Equipment and technology to help adults stay independent.
Some of the benefits of technology enabled care are:
- increasing independence and confidence
- managing or minimising risk
- supporting and reassuring family carers
- reducing the need for a care package
- preventing hospital admission
- supporting early hospital discharge
- delaying or preventing the need for residential care
The council's TEC Team
What is the TEC team?
The TEC team provides guidance, training and advice to citizens and professionals.
When appropriate, we can loan assistive technology to support the independence and safety of people living in Peterborough.
We can also provide reassurance and support for family members. People are happier and healthier when they can remain as independent as possible in their communities.
- prevent, reduce and delay the need for formal care services
- support informal carers
- help communities build resilience
You can ask for a referral to the TEC Team by calling Peterborough City Council on 01733 747474.
You can also download and complete the the TEC / Lifeline self-referral form and emailing it to email@example.com
TEC / Lifeline self-referral form (download as a word document)
TEC / Lifeline self-referral form (download as a pdf)
How can TEC make life easier?
How it can benefit you
This section includes a range of technology that can support you to live independently. Please note that not all of these items can be provided by the council's TEC team.
There are different ways to remind people to take their medicine. It is best to use existing systems before trying new ones. This could mean:
- using the calendar on a mobile phone
- using an existing smart home assistant
- downloading an app which prompts you to take medication
- using a multi alarm wrist watch or clock
If these do not work, we would discuss the use of an automated pill dispenser. Alarms can be added to the box to raise alerts if medication is not taken.
If you are struggling to manage a complicated medication schedule, speak to your GP or pharmacist. They can review your medication with you. You can find out more about medication prompts at Pivotell.
Seizure activity is often complex but certain types of seizure can be detected electronically via combinations of continuous movements, noise and in some cases pulse rate change. Detectors are usually used overnight under the mattress of your bed but there are alternative options which you can wear. Alerts can be raised via a pager or a smart device.
If you have a cognitive impairment, door alarms can help to ensure your safety by notifying someone else if you go through a door. Alarms can be applied to internal or external doors and can provide reassurance for family members.
Home activity sensors
These can assess how you are managing at home by looking at your activity levels around the property over a period of time. With this information we can support you and your carers to make informed decisions about support options to maximise independence where possible.
Just Checking uses small motion detectors to check on the movements and activity of a person. Find out more about Just Checking.
You can wear these devices alongside a community alarm pendant. They can detect a series of events such as an impact, a change of height and acceleration. Using this information the falls detector can raise an alert independently of the wearer to indicate that there may have been a fall.
If you have a fall you will be able to get help more quickly. Having these devices can help you to feel more confident when walking around your home and can provide piece of mind to family members. For overnight we may also suggest a bed sensor in addition, or instead of, a falls detector. This will raise an alert if you do not go to bed or are out of bed during the night for an unusual period of time which might indicate a problem.
This includes smoke or flood detectors to raise alerts remotely when activated. Other solutions include panic buttons, smart doorbells.
Stories showing how people have used TEC to change their lives
Real life stories of how TEC has helped people
Told from an individual’s perspective. In their own words these case studies and videos highlight the personal challenges each of the people faced, and how these were, in part, overcome with the aid of technology.
Telecare Sensors + Personal Alert Wristband
Different types of TEC
Telecare is a system of sensors used to help monitor a person’s environment and behaviour in their home or community and identify where they might need help or support. The devices can be anything from a basic alarm system to sensors to alert someone if a person has left their home or may have had a fall. The sensors are connected to a 24/7 response centre. The response team can provide advice and support and importantly take action, whether that be deploying the emergency services or alerting a family member.
The council is working with Cambs TEC Team to provide LifeLine telecare solutions. This service has successfully supported people to remain independent in their own homes, in sheltered and extracare housing and also in supported living.
LifeLine is a lightweight call buttton worn as a pendant or round your wrist. It also comes with a base unit that connects the call button to the phone line and can also be used with a mobile phone. Telecare sensors use the telephone landline or mobile phone to automatically raise an alert to the monitoring centre where named responders/key holders or the emergency services are called.
For more information on telecare ccontact the Adult Early Help Team on 01733 747474.
Assistive Technology Smart Flat - Peterborough
A new Assistive Technology flat, designed to showcase how the latest technology can support independent living, is now open at Kingfisher Court, Stanground, Peterborough PE2 8NZ.
The equipment is fully operational from voice activated bed sensors, to property exit sensors and medication reminders. The Lifeline personal alarm system is also live so you can see how the control centre responds to calls.
You are welcome to come along and visit the SMART flat by appointment. To book a time slot please call Peterborough City Council on 01733 747474 (option Adult Social Care) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name, address and phone details.
We look forward to seeing you.
Helping you save energy
There are lots of ways that modern technology can help you to save energy and control your home environment from your mobile phone, tablet or laptop. Some of them are detailed below:
Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters. Together with their accompanying in-home displays, smart meters will help you keep track of the energy you use in your home, and will cut out the need for meter reading. The UK Government plans for every home and business in the UK to have a smart meter for electricity and gas by the end of 2020.
Smart Heating Controls
Smart thermostats are a new type of heating control which connect to the internet, allowing them to be accessed and adjusted remotely. They can give you much greater control over your heating, from wherever you are, at any time of day. There are a range of different smart heating controls currently on the market - each works slightly differently and has different features.
A smart plug is a device that plugs into an ordinary socket. The device itself has its own outlet, so in a sense it's like an extension. Instead of plugging your lamp into the wall, you plug it into the smart plug (which is itself plugged into the wall). The benefit is that the smart plug can be controlled remotely, whether by using a home automation smart hub or connecting to the smart plug with the relevant mobile app. Some plugs are even programmable so that they automatically turn on or off depending on certain timers or events.
Keeping in touch
Ways of keeping in touch
Video calling is a means for people to keep in touch with each other, particularly if family and friends are not local. To be able to make a video call you will need a telephone with a video display, capable of simultaneous video and audio for communication in real time. This is particularly useful for people who are deaf or speech impaired, who can use them with sign language.
This can be used to promote social inclusion and enable individuals to communicate with family and friends. From online personal support networks to meal sharing initiatives, social media can promote independence, reduce social isolation and address the issue of digital exclusion among disadvantaged groups, enhancing their overall well being.
Social media can be accessed from Smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers.
Smart Technology and Apps
Mobile devices and apps
Mobile devices and apps are increasingly being used to monitor health, wellbeing and fitness. Apps can be downloaded to monitor a variety of issues including, but not limited to, food intake, mood, advice on public health (for instance giving up smoking) as well as linking with health devices to monitor blood pressure and weight. Apps can also be used to access information and advice and services offered by the NHS, local authority and other providers.
In Your Pocket
In Your Pocket is RNIB’s accessible newsagent, library and information delivered to your pocket.
Staying in touch with family and friends has never been more important. In Your Pocket, by RealSAM, is the fully voice controlled Mobile Phone for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Designed to be easy to use, In Your Pocket is able to Make Calls, Read Messages, listen to Books or Newspapers and get Navigation Assistance just by Using your Voice. No need to learn a complicated touch screen or struggle with reading small buttons; just Press one button and talk. In Your Pocket can also connect directly to Bluetooth enabled hearing aids.
Find out more in the In Your Pocket website.
Brain in Hand
Brain in Hand is a digital self-management support system for people who need help remembering things, making decisions, planning, or managing anxiety.
It's not condition-specific, but is often used by people who are autistic, who have learning difficulties, or who are managing mental health challenges.
Combining human support and digital self-management technology, Brain in Hand helps people live more independently. The system is approved by government departments and in use throughout health, social care and higher education settings across the UK.
You can find more details about the app on their website Brain in Hand
listed below are some free apps that service users and families can download as GPS trackers.