Tameside Community Response Service
24hr Reassurance from the Community Response Service
- What is the Community Response Service?
- Why have an alarm?
- How does it work?
- What response will you get?
- What equipment do you need?
- How much does it cost?
- How do I pay for the service?
- Additional alarms to help you maintain your independence
- Safeguarding Adults in Tameside
- How do I make a Complaint, Suggestion or Compliment
- How do you get a Community Alarm?
It is an alarm service to help people live safely and independently in their own home. We employ a team of local workers who will respond in case of emergency. We provide different types of alarm depending on your needs and health. Some are activated by you, others are triggered by sensors installed in your home.
This service is for anyone living in Tameside either in private, rented or owner – occupied accommodation. It is available to anyone over 18 regardless of their personal circumstances.
Because the Community Response Service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will respond whenever an alarm is triggered.
When an alarm is activated, we take action. We can have a worker with you within 20 minutes. Our alarms provide reassurance to you, your family and your friends that we will respond if you fall or have an accident in or around your home, or
- If you need help during the night
- If you suffer a medical emergency
- If you fear harassment or anti-social behaviour
- If you have a bogus caller
Some alarms you activate yourself, new Telecare alarms rely on sensors to automatically alert our control room. Some alarms are worn on the wrist or around the neck; others are fixed. The Bogus Caller alarm will be fitted near the front door. Other alarms are fitted where they are best able to detect gas, smoke, water etc.
If your alarm is activated, the Community Response Service will always respond and take appropriate action to keep you safe; speaking with you, sending a worker, calling the emergency services or contacting someone else on your behalf if you prefer it.
Community Response Plus is an enhanced service to cover times when a relative is away on holiday or you have been discharged from hospital and you need extra support for a short time. Depending on your requirements, a worker will keep in regular contact with you to check you have the support you need.
When you sign up for Community Response, we note any information that will help us look after you. This may be details of any health issues, your GP and your preferred contacts in case of emergency, perhaps a friend, relative or neighbour. Any information you give us is kept strictly confidential.
If you want to find out more about telecare sensors have a look at our video "Staying Safe at Home with Tameside Telecare". You can watch the 10 minute video in the languages listed below.
All videos are in Windows Media Format.
There is also a text version of the "Staying Safe at Home with Tameside Telecare" video available.
The Community Response Service supplies and fits all the equipment needed. All you need in your home is an existing telephone socket and an electrical socket on the same wall.
This includes the loan of the alarms, 24 hour monitoring and any response made by Community Response workers. Charges can be paid weekly, monthly or annually.
Prices for 2011/2012 are as follows:
- Weekly Charge = £5.48
- Fortnightly Charge = £10.96
- Monthly Charge = £28.49 (paid over 10 months)
- Annual Charge = £284.96 (a bill for the year will be sent to your address)
You can pay your bill on-line. Please note you will need to select "General Debtors" as the "Type of Payment" and use your customer billing number (which you will find on your bill) for the "Account Reference Number".
Telecare is the name given to a new range of alarms that rely on sensors to automatically alert us to changes in your home.
In addition to the traditional pendant alarm worn around the neck and the Bogus Caller button that you activate yourself, Telecare devices use sensors to detect if someone has
- Slumped out of a chair or fallen,
- Taps have been left on and there is water on the floor
- The temperature is too high or too low
- There is smoke or carbon monoxide
- Opened a door at an inappropriate time
- Had an epileptic seizure
Telecare devices can be used to switch on lights when you get out of bed or raise the alarm if you’ve been out of bed for too long. Sensors are placed in strategic places around the home and are individually programmed to trigger an alarm in our control room, via the Carephone, if things are not as they should be.
Community Response will take whatever action is necessary to ensure you are safe. This may be talking with you through the Carephone checking that everything is OK, sending a worker to your home to help you or by calling the Police, Ambulance or Fire Service.
Telecare alarms can be adapted for deaf and hard of hearing users.
Ask for our information packed DVD with subtitles, BSL and audio, in French, Polish, Urdu, Bangla and Gujarati.
Telephone us for an informal chat or email us and we will tell you more about the service and charges. You can also complete the on-line application form or we can post a form to you.
We’ll need to arrange a time to visit you and to install the equipment.
All Tameside MBC and Local Policies and Procedures relating to the Community Response Service and your support are available to view at the Community Response Service offices.
You do not have to give your name and any information will be treated confidentially. We will always respect the wishes and feeling of the person at risk of abuse.