Lincolnshire emergency response pilot

A 24/7 emergency response service for Lincolnshire’s older and disabled people could soon be available countywide.

A pilot is currently underway which involves Lincolnshire County Council’s in-home technology - known as Telecare - being installed for vulnerable people. If a call for help is then activated, a volunteer response service is on hand, 365 days a year.

Until the end of March, a trial is taking place with LIVES Responders visiting the person if their normal responder is unavailable.

Coun Graham Marsh, executive member for adult services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Telecare is a reassuring and simple system using a combination of alarms, sensors and other equipment to help people live more independently and remain in their own home for as long as possible.

“In case of emergencies, a nominated responder is required for an individual to be eligible for it and sadly, this has prevented some from being able to benefit from the system in the past.

“We hope this new pilot will pave the way for Telecare to be available to everyone later in the year.”

LIVES are undertaking the pilot at no cost as part of their development of ‘communities helping themselves’ and would like to hear from anyone interested in becoming a volunteer.

Telecare, which began in Lincolnshire in 2007, allows users to activate a call for help in emergency situations, such as a fall, fire or gas leak. It can also be used for day-to-day tasks such as giving reminders to take medication.

Anyone interested in Telecare can ask their social worker, nurse or doctor or call the county council on 01522 782155.