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A roadshow to showcase the benefits and potential of Telecare will be on tour around the county from next week.

Telecare helps people stay safe and independent at home by placing discreet devices around the house which activate when help is needed. They can detect potential incidents like people falling, wandering, taking incorrect doses of medication, or alerting responders to fire, flooding, carbon monoxide or gas leaks.

Older people, those with physical or learning disabilities or mental health conditions and their relatives can try out Telecare equipment, see demonstrations and talk to Telecare experts at the roadshow events, being held in town centres using Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group NHS Trust’s health information bus.
 
Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust manages the Telecare service on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council and both organisations hope to more households in the county using the service to help more people live independent lives.

Over the last year, almost 1000 Telecare assessments have been requested. An average of 720 new services are taken up each year.
 
Melanie Getgood, Community Manager for Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, said, “‘Telecare on Tour’ gives us a fantastic opportunity to promote independent living for people who need a bit of extra support. Telecare gives  people the extra confidence that they can stay independent in their own home safely, for as long as possible, reassures their relatives that they are safe and it is proved to help prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.”
 
“Through the Trust’s integrated community teams – made up of community nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and reablement – we work in close partnership with local GPs to understand and support people with their individual care needs, and we’re able to refer directly into our specialist Telecare team whenever it is appropriate.”

Telecare on Tour will be at the following locations between 10am and 4pm:
• Gloucester – Near The Cross on Westgate Street, 17th March
• Stroud – King Street, 18th March
• Cheltenham – High Street, 19th March
• Stow-on-the-Wold – Market Square, 20th March
• Tewkesbury – Morrisons on Aschurch Road, 21st March
• Cinderford – Town Centre Triangle, 24th March
• Cirencester – Tesco on Cricklade Road, 25th March
• Lydney – Tesco on High Street, 26th March

Experts from the Telecare Team will be on hand to talk people through the different types of Telecare equipment available, demonstrate how Telecare can help them stay safe and independent at home and show them how easy the equipment is to use.
 
With a private consulting room on board the bus, there’s also the opportunity for people to seek personal one to one information about how Telecare could work for them.
 
Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for older people at Gloucestershire County Council said, “Telecare is one of the ways forward for people who need a bit of extra support to continue living safely and independently at home.
 
“One of the biggest barriers to people trying Telecare is the fear that it is too much technology or too complicated to use. By getting out and about and demonstrating how it works I hope we can show people just how simple and easy to use Telecare is.”