Safety and independence for the elderly

Paul’s Story – Peace of Mind

When Paul’s mother passed away, Paul and his wife Sue were worried Paul’s father, Sylvester, may not be looking after himself or may be lonely and they wondered if the natural choice would be for Sylvester to move into a care home where he would be looked after.

Sylvester, on the other hand, wants to remain in the home he shared with his wife, Anita, along with his memories and where he feels comfortable, keeping his independence and dignity. See how TEC-Angel helps Sylvester to remain independent in his own home and, at the same time, give Paul peace of mind.

How it works

With a movement sensor in each room and an innovative external door open/close detector, TEC-Angel can determine which room the person is in and how long they’ve been there along with the temperature of any occupied rooms and whether they are at home or outside.

Combine this with some lifestyle information configured about the person’s everyday routine such as normal sleep times, what times of day they may go out and what times they are normally at home, and TEC-Angel can alert to many of the circumstances which are indicative of a problem.

How it helps

TEC-Angel is completely discreet, requiring no lifestyle changes for the person being cared for, with no buttons to wear or tracking bracelets for them to put on each morning.

There is no indication an alert has been sent, and so alerts TEC-Angel raises can be discussed `softly` with the person concerned without reference to the TEC-Angel. For example an alert to carers “Mum is late up” could be investigated with a phone call opening “Hello Mum, just thinking about you this morning”.

While alerts are texted to carers, when necessary, a text “Activity ?” will request the TEC-Angel respond with their current position in the home, the last five rooms the person has been in and for how long, including if they are in or out. This is exceptionally useful if they do not answer the phone when expected, to determine if they are out, or prior to a phone call to check they are not indisposed.

Safety and independence for the elderly

For less than the cost of one week’s stay in a typical care home, TEC-Angel allows families keep their aging relatives safe, in the home environment they are familiar with, and out of the care system or private care homes.

A testimonial from Alma & Tim

See how TEC-Angel has helped Tim look after his ageing nan Alma in her own home.

Example of messages from TEC-Angel

TEC-Angel can detect and alert to many circumstances indicative of a problem, from being unusually long in a single room, not getting to bed or not getting up as usual, leaving the house at unusual times, late night callers, leaving an unattended door open, sitting in freezing cold rooms, power failures or simply not leaving the house at all.

Here are a few examples of the messages the carer might receive:

For a full list of the alerts detected, please refer to the:

TEC-Angel Dictionary

“What a great product, there are so many people of my generation who are constantly worrying about aging infirm parents at home. What reassurance, whilst maintaining the older person’s independence and dignity. Fantastic idea !”

Hilary – Romford

“My nan is very private but there are no cameras; TEC-Angel fits the bill. If something is wrong, I know about it and I can sort it out. TEC-Angel means Nan can remain private and I don’t have to worry. “

Tim – Witham

“I do want to say on behalf of the consumer, having just lost my husband, I found it very comforting to know that one of my sons was looking out for me, because it occurred to me that being without a supportive family, I would probably wondered what point there was to life and I am sure that older less fortunate people would feel this way in similar circumstances.“

Renee – Great Baddow

“Had your product been around whilst my father was alive, it would have been great and given help and assurance to my brother and myself. We phoned Dad daily and you always hoped that the phone would be answered, but the rest of the time you never knew… he had the button thing, along with one that if you bent over too far it would trigger; needless to say it went off whilst he was gardening! Another time he passed out and wasn’t able to press the button, and thankfully was spotted by a neighbour laying on the floor. TEC-Angel would have told us of an issue.”

Paul – Chelmsford

“Fab. I am loving it. I know exactly when the carers turn up and leave !!”

Helen – Buckinghamshire

“When you first showed off TEC-Angel on facebook, my very first thought was “well, mum wouldn’t have spent that night on the floor if I’d had that”. Terminally ill, and fully mobile only a couple of weeks earlier, she had a fall late in the evening and spent the whole night on the cold floor. She had a panic button, but had forgotten to pick it up. That was a month before she died.”

Martin – Wiltshire

“Someone is watching over me, my TEC-Angel.”

Alma (89) – Chelmsford

“I was just considering placing and order when I had a call from my brother who had found mum on the floor from a fall. She had been there all night. ‘Horse has bolted’ and all that come to mind. She is now in hospital and quite poorly. I hope she makes a good recovery and then I will be back.”

Lynne – Kent

“Just round dads and a policeman came to pick up a loaned camera hidden in a lamp, and I was telling him about the TEC-Angel and he was really impressed. He puts covert cameras in lots of elderly people’s homes who have been conned like my dad and said that he knows a lot of those people would be interested as it’s the best thing he has come across. “

Mary – Hornchurch

“It helped Dad stay in his own home for nearly an extra year which was invaluable x“

Naomi – Birmingham

“I won’t need one of those things, I’ve got my pull cord and help button”

… Some weeks later …

“How did you know I’ve been too sick to go out for 3 days ?”

 

Pamela – Wanstead