The inactivity monitor as part of a telecare system is a movement sensor that sends an alert to a 24/7 monitoring centre, only if there has been no activity in a room of your home for a specified time (which could indicate a fall or other emergency incident). Once alerted the inactivity detector connects to your telecare system in the same way as other telecare devices and a two-way speech function to a 24/7 CareLink monitoring centre is opened. Trained operators can then ensure you get the help you need.
So for example: You could place one inactivity detector in the corner of a kitchen, and have it programmed to activate only if no activity is detected between 7am & 9am. Another could be placed in the living room and programmed to trigger an alert if no movement is detected between 9am and 7pm. These devices can usually be programmed in a number of ways by telecare suppliers, so give them a call to discuss your options. If you have an elderly parent, relative or friend who doesn’t want to wear a panic button, a movement detector might be something they would consider having in their home as a daytime telecare device instead.
The inactivity detector can also be used as a back-up alert (i.e. in addition to your pendant alarm). For instance, in cases when a person may be unconscious before they have a chance to press the button on their pendant alarm, the inactivity sensor can send an alert. However the drawback with these alerts is that they are not as fast to detect that something may be wrong. Nevertheless they can still be useful for a number of situations. Inactivity monitors are a versatile and unobtrusive telecare device and can help elderly people to continue living independently.
If you are interested in adding an inactivity sensor to your existing telecare system or wish to purchase a standalone inactivity monitor, please contact our Sponsor TASK Community Care.