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Health & Wellbeing: New Care Service Model Launched by McElwaine SMART

New Care Service Model Launched by McElwaine SMART

A monitoring service involving Fermanagh & Dublin based McElwaine SMART Technologies Ltd and Bosch Security Systems will be launched in Fermanagh on 26th June 2009. This service provides 24 hour support and care to older and vulnerable people across the Island of Ireland.

[UKPRwire, Wed Aug 12 2009] Telecare is a service that enables people, especially older and vulnerable people, to live independently in their own home. Telecare is a service, not a technology. An increasing range of electronic sensors in the user's home automatically raise the alerts and organises - through human contact - an effective response should a problem arise. It allows a person with additional needs to live independently with reassurance knowing that they have 24 hour monitored support in a cost effective way that always puts the person at the heart of the service.

John McElwaine, MD of McElwaine Group said:
“The provision of Telecare to the Island of Ireland enables us to support those who have extra needs outside of traditional formats. One example is the increasing life expectancy – we need to look at alternatives to residential care. The potential role of Telecare in enabling those persons to live independently for longer has to be recognised as a more efficient option and more importantly it could save millions on care provision”.

Using the most sophisticated technology supplied by Bosch, service users will be connected to McElwaine's state of the art monitoring centre which provides support to those living independently round the clock, 365 days a year

The provision of “TeleCare” has the potential to transform the social care model and will facilitate primary and community care departments to ensure that people receive home based support, providing substantial long term cost reductions by:

• Facilitating early discharge from hospital,
• Promoting independent living,
• Supporting those trying to self manage in their own home
• Delaying untimely admission to residential care.

Using a sophisticated Bosch Based Telecare software platform (LMS5), McElwaine Smart provides and monitors a range of Wireless sensors that will alert the monitoring centre when activated, ensuring an immediate response from the monitoring centre advisors.

Minister Aine Brady, Department of Health & Children in Republic of Ireland said:
"Scientific research in the healthcare area has great potential for those committed to innovation. The impact of new technologies in the area of telecare can contribute to supporting independent living and sustaining a good quality of life for the elderly and infirm and for their carers in their own homes. "

John McElwaine continued: “Our focus on quality and customer service commitment has been recognised by the Telecare Services Association (TSA) who have awarded accreditaton to our organisation - a prestigious quality standard in the “TeleCare” market. This ensures that our monitoring centre provides the highest possible response service 24/7 365 days of the year to those who are living independently at home.”


Notes to Editor:
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Northern Ireland Enterprise Minister: Arlene Foster
MD of McElwaine Smart: John McElwaine
Bosch Security Systems Ltd: Julian Kuczala
Irish Minister: Ms Áine Brady TD, Minister for Older People and Health Promotion

• Media Contact: Corker Communications – Email:

• Interviews available


• McElwaine SMART: Lite House, Cross Street, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, BT92 0JE

McElwaine SMART Services:

• TeleCare – Using Smart Sensors and a base unit installed in your home, you can receive an immediate response from McElwaine SMART advisors 24 hours a day, every day of the year at the touch of a button.

• Lone Worker Protection - A personal safety solution with GPS tracking & mapping. You can raise an alert if you find yourself in a vulnerable position. McElwaine SMART advisors will receive your alert, point to your location and alert your nominated contact.

• The Bosch Group at a Glance

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 280,000 associates generated sales of 45.1 billion Euros in fiscal 2008The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3.5 billion Euros, or eight percent of its sales revenue, for research and development, and applies for over 3,000 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

• The Telecare Services Association (TSA) is the representative body for the telecare industry in the UK.TSA aims to promote and support the telecare industry and highlight the benefits of telecare for consumers. The TSA has almost 300 members, primarily from Local Authorities, Registered Social Landlords and private sector suppliers. TSA members give support to the majority of the 1.5 million service users who benefit from telecare in the UK. TSA works closely with the Government and devolved authorities. In England TSA played a pivotal role in the Telecare Policy Collaborative which resulted in the development of the ‘Building Telecare in England’ strategy published in 2005. TSA is also helping the Welsh Assembly to deliver its Telecare Strategy and works with the Scottish Executive in the delivery of its Telecare Development Programme.

TeleCare Overview

• First generation telecare refers to equipment and devices found in most community alarm schemes. It refers to user-activated – e.g. push button, pendant or pull cord –
alarm calls to a control centre where a call handler can organise a response of some kind - usually via a neighbour, relative or friend acting as a ’key holder’

• Second generation telecare evolved from the introduction into basic community alarm services of sensors such as smoke alarms and flood detectors. Second generation
telecare includes sensors that can monitor the home environment, vital signs, physiological measures, and lifestyle. These sensors can collect and transmit information continuously about door opening, bathwater running, the use of electrical appliances, and movement both within and outside the home. This provides a much more sophisticated and comprehensive support to managing risk and improved quality of life.

• Third generation telecare arose from improving and increasing availability of broadband, wireless and audio-visual technology. This offers potential for virtual or tele-consultations between the service user and doctor, nurse or support worker, thus reducing the need for home visits or hospital appointments. Furthermore, it leads to increasing opportunities for people - particularly those unable to leave their homes alone - to ‘visit’ libraries, shops and maintain contact with family and friends.

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