hack [hak] NOUN
To use something in an unexpected way in order to complete a process more effectively.
Featured TeleCair Hacks
At Cair we appreciate that products are often used a little differently to how they are intended and we celebrate this, especially when it can save you time and money! Take a look at our favourite TeleCair Hacks below….
We will let you into a little secret, the ultimate hack is to just ask. Tell us what products you want to see, and any feedback you have about our existing sensors. We have a clever team who are always looking to create the best solutions that deliver exactly what you need. For example, the Onyx Rainbow was born from an idea presented to us by a customer. We have recently changed the timings on our Detect occupancy sensor, as customers were wanting different options. Our upcoming Notifier pager will have the ability to divert straight to a dispersed unit if the carer is away, thanks to valuable feedback during the testing phase. And we have designed a brand new product that will change the way… well, we can’t let you in on all the secrets at once, so watch this space!
A sensitive soul
Our intelligent new fall detector, the CairFall has a sensitive soul built-in. Ok, not quite a soul but it’s fitted with very clever technology that means the sensitivity of the device can be adapted to suit the person. Overcoming one of the biggest challenges in fall detection, our fall detector can easily be programmed to adjust the sensitivity to one of the five settings available. The less active someone is, the more sensitive the CairFall needs to be and vice versa. Check out our video on the support page to see how easy this is to change!
A very clever floor mat
Our floor mat is designed to fit in to any home, which can immediately detect when someone has stepped on it. Traditionally used at the side of the bed to alert that someone has gotten up, there are many other places it can be used. If you are concerned about someone leaving their home, why not place it near the front door to alert you beforehand? You could even place it on the hallway or landing to alert a carer for someone who may need support to use the stairs.
Two for the price of one
Monitoring multiple devices could not be easier with our Detect. Linking to chair, bed pads and enuresis mats, you can manage occupancy and incontinence risks. With two inputs, you can manage twice as much with one device! Whether you want to manage a bed pad and enuresis mat for one person, or support two different people, the Detect can easily be programmed so you know exactly which sensor has been activated as well as who it belongs to.
At the bottom of the garden
If you are someone who enjoys gardening or spending time in an outbuilding, you may be worried that your pendant may not work when you’re too far away from the house, where your main alarm unit is situated. If you have power in an outbuilding, you could plug in our Orion range extender, which extends the range of your devices to ensure your safety when outside the home. But don’t worry, even if you have no power to hand away from the main building, with the Orion’s back-up battery, it can be positioned anywhere to provide the same functionality for up to 12 hours!
An alternative to a property exit solution
Telecare on the move
Keep your nose out
Turn it around
Sometimes, it’s the most simple hacks that can make a real difference…
Our Onyx pendant is available as a wrist worn pendant, as well as our neck cord options. Most people wear this as they would wear their watch, with the face pointing upwards. Did you know that simply turning the Onyx around can give the user even more resistance for an easier push when they need to call for help? Wearing it on their least dominant arm also means they can trigger the pendant with their strongest hand!
Just a reminder
All our sensors are interoperable with other major TEC providers, to give you flexibility in providing person centred solutions. Recorded messages can be programmed to your Lifeline, which can be triggered by the activation of the sensor. The Contact, our versatile door and window sensor, can be used alongside recorded messages to help promote independence for those living with dementia. The person being supported could be reminded during the day to lock the door or take their keys when they are going out. To promote safety at night-time, a message could help remind them that it may not be a suitable time to leave the house.
An alternative to wearing a pendant
We understand that people may not always be able to wear a pendant, or they simply prefer not to. Our place anywhere button, The Chime can be located to high risk areas, so that an alarm can be raised if the person being supported needs help. This may be next to the bed or, as it’s waterproof, even the shower or garden shed. The Chime comes with three mounting options: adhesive, screw and even a magnet pattress. The magnet option means that the button can be moved around the home or garden, and placed near to where the person is, meaning they feel safe everywhere without the need for several devices.
More than just a door contact
The Contact is our door and window sensor, which can be used inside and outside of the home. But it can really be used on any type of door! Placing the Contact on food cupboards, fridges or medication cabinets can help alert a local carer that a particular door has been opened. If you are concerned for the nutrition of someone living alone, a Contact on a fridge or food cupboard could be used to alert a monitoring centre if it hadn’t been opened by a particular time, or within a particular time frame, when connected via a Lifeline.
Don’t be alarmed!
The Buzzz pager is the heart of our solutions, and can alert a local carer if any of our connected Telecare sensors are triggered. Have you ever noticed there is an alarm functionality built-in too? This can be used to set reminders, such as helping a carer remember when it is time for the person they care for to take their medication.
A man’s best friend
The Request is great for those with limited dexterity or mobility, as they can trigger the large red button easily to call for help. But did you know this product is animal friendly too? Service dogs can be trained to be able to alert for help for their owners if they find themselves in difficulties, such as experiencing an epileptic seizure. As the Request is wire-free and can be placed on any flat surface, it can be fixed where it’s most convenient.
Stretching to the limits…
The Orion can extend the working range of Telecare sensors up to 1km. This is a great way to provide a Telecare package for someone living in an annex, caravan or outside building with no telephone line, away from the main building where the Lifeline could be situated. It’s also a great solution for people living in large houses or with long gardens too!
The Chime is waterproof and has low-temperature protection, so can be used outside of the home as a doorbell! This has been used to help provide security and safety in supported living accommodation, where the Chime has been placed outside and connected to a Buzzz, advising the staff discreetly that there is a visitor at the door.