hack  [hak]  NOUN

To use something in an unexpected way in order to complete a process more effectively.

hack (noun) · hacks (plural noun)

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….

Keep your nose out

Do you want to keep your pets out of the cupboard where their food is kept? Maybe you want to know when the door under the sink is opened, to keep your toddlers away from the bleach and cleaning products? Do you want someone to be alerted every time you open the treats drawer? Our Contact door sensor really is versatile, and with easy installation you can be really creative in how you use the device!  

Doorstep safety

The Chime is so versatile, it can even be used to support people at risk of bogus callers and unwanted visitors. By placing the device strategically and discreetly near the front door, it can be triggered as soon as somebody needs to call for help, without drawing attention. Once the button has been triggered, it can send a silent call through to a monitoring centre, where the operator can listen in and call for the necessary support, such as the police. All calls are recorded too, so it can be used in evidence, providing an extra level of reassurance.

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 of our sensors are interoperable with other major TEC providers, to give you flexibility and even more options to 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!

Ding dong!

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

Have you got a Hack to share?!

Share it with us by tweeting #telecairhack, we’d love to hear how you are using Cair products.