Safety at the Touch of a Button

Specialist in care solutions Supra UK, trading as The Key Safe Company, discusses the new

government proposals that could see thousands of patients eligible to receive personalised care budgets.

The new measures proposed by the UK government mean around 350,000 people who suffer from learning difficulties and dementia could soon qualify for the right to select and pay for treatments through a bespoke care plan agreed with medical professionals.

Therefore, a wider range of products that will help them maintain their independence will be more freely available. People who qualify for the budget can have the option of receiving the money directly, giving the money to a third party to manage or leaving it with the NHS to control.

David Ogden, Managing Director for Supra UK, trading as The Key Safe Company, commented: “The government proposals for the personalised care budgets are a positive step forward for the industry. With people facing more complex care requirements, coupled with a broader choice of increasingly innovative care products entering the market, people’s needs can no longer be met by a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

“By allowing individuals and families to have control over their personal care arrangements, in collaboration with medical professionals, it puts the power back in the hands of the patient and helps them navigate what can be a confusing health and social care system.”

Through the scheme, patients will be free to use the care budgets to access at-home treatment, providing not only respite for family members but also allowing individuals to maintain their independence.

Such products that the allowance could fund include Supra UK’s One Touch Personal Alarm, a personal monitoring service that allows the wearer to freely travel outside of their home. It

operates using a roaming SIM, allowing the end-user to alert up to three contacts in the event of an emergency and activate a two-way conversation with the responder, who can warn relevant family members or care professionals.

Geo-fencing ‘safe’ or ‘danger’ zones can be set up to trigger a call when the user exits or enters a pre-defined area, which is particularly useful for dementia sufferers. A breadcrumb function also allows the system administrator to view a history of the device’s movements and to request a live location update.

Unlike other products on the market, the One Touch administration system can be accessed using any internet- enabled device, including laptops, tablets, smartphones and smart TVs, as it does not rely on the use of Apps. The system is quick, simple and intuitive to set up, and the portal can be tailored to suit the administrator’s needs.

For those who have carers regularly visiting the home, the Supra C500 KeySafe allows a secure method of authorised access by externally storing keys to a property.

The Supra C500 is a mechanical key safe that is police- accredited through the Secured by Design initiative due to achieving the LPS1175: Issue 6, security rating 1. The product has an accredited certification from The Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), the leading international Certification Body in the fields of security and fire protection. Recognised by Secured By Design, as well as leading home insurance companies, the product has undergone rigorous tests devised by security experts to demonstrate a comparable attack resistance to a domestic front door.

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