Community Housing TECS is working with an innovative company, Tendertec to help a young man, "Paul" with epilepsy whose seizures are triggered by heat. Although his parents had helped him to control this by manually taking his temperature every 2 hours, it did not support his desire to live an independent life.
Tendertec's Hestia sensors were installed in his home and they monitor his body temperature trends and daily living activities. Alerts are raised when is temperature is outside his normal range or when unusual behaviours such as seizures are detected.
Technology Enabled Care Coordinator, David Fuente explained "We saw quick evidence of seizures happening at certain times of the day and this gave us the ability to work together to mitigate this. We were able to submit 6 months of data of evidence and adapt his Continuing Health Care Package" Because Paul is comfortable with using technology, he was able to monitor the statistics from the sensors on his tablet and recognise triggers so that he could take control and manage his own health and behaviours.
"A common concern when installing camera sensors is that they will be like a CCTV system" said David "but by demonstrating them at showcase sites, we can reassure people that their privacy is maintained as the sensors provide thermal images"
David explained that the use of technology is expanding the services available to the care sector rather than replacing them. "As we integrate the new technologies into our response centres, we will have the ability to respond to falls or other incidents and provide relevant data to GPs as part of the ongoing healthcare response. In this way technology packages can help people to remain independent for longer"
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