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Technology enabled care

The constant advances in technology mean there are always new innovations which provide us with more cost effective options, help us to take more control and make our lives that bit easier.

We have embraced technology and believe it holds a key to transforming the way in which care is delivered to people across the country including the Isle of Wight.

We have created a number of online/telephone programmes to enable people to maintain their independence, take control of their own care in a way that suits them, and manage chronic long-term illnesses. At the same time, our aim is to reduce emergency hospital admissions and visits to A&E, freeing up our emergency services to tend to those who genuinely need them.

At the heart of this is better sharing of information among everyone involved in caring for someone including the person themselves. Real time information about a person’s health and care requirements is collated centrally so they can work in partnership with their health professionals to jointly diagnose and monitor the status of their health. It is particularly useful for those who are elderly and live with complicated health conditions, and those who live in remote or rural areas where it can provide remote rehabilitation packages, and can improve their quality of life by supporting them to live independently.

We are currently putting together a strategy for how we can work together on the Island to improve the use of technology enabled care and bring together some of the following support:

Telehealth

Remote monitoring of a person’s health in their own homes to prevent illnesses and injuries.

Telecare

Technologies created for use in the home to reduce risk of injury and quickly notify of emergency requirements eg:

Emergencies: pull cord; movement detector; enuresis detector

Personal security: video door entry; bogus caller button; property exit sensor; sounder beacon

Environment control: smoke detector; flood detector;

carbon monoxide detector; temperature extremes sensor; natural gas detector

Falls: chair/bed occupancy sensor; pressure mat; pressure mat; fall detector

Telemedicine

Telephone advice to help the individual build confidence in caring for themselves.

Telecoaching

Telephone advice to help the individual build confidence in caring for themselves.

Self-care apps

Apps to help raise awareness and enable the individual to better manage their own care and wellbeing.


Helping you live independently

The Independent Living Centre is run by People Matter IW. The aim of the centre is to enable people who require support for daily living to access support and advice to help them. The centre offers a free and impartial service to Island residents who are looking for equipment and advice to enhance their independence. You can visit their website here.

The Integrated Community Equipment Services (ICES)

The Integrated Community Equipment Services (ICES) is a service offered jointly by Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Isle of Wight Council which provides daily living and nursing equipment to people being cared for in the community to improve their safety, increase independence in their homes and improve their overall quality of life.

To loan equipment from them, simply talk to your Healthcare Professional, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or Community Nurse. They will carry out an assessment of your needs and will liaise with ICES depending on your requirements.

News and Updates

13th November 2017

Embracing Self Care for Life – Pharmacists can provide you with expert advice from the High Street

To mark Self Care Week 2017 (13 – 19 November) the Isle of Wight NHS Trust wants to highlight your health expert on the High Street – the community pharmacist/GP Practice Pharmacist.

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