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Tynetec helps Noreen Jones remain independent for longer

A growing online community which offers support to people coping with disabilities and health conditions who wish to remain living independently in their own homes has warmly welcomed a new member this month, one with a famous family connection.

The Independent for Longer website features personal stories from people using Technology Enabled Care Services (TECs) to maintain independence and manage their own health conditions.

The most recent contributor is Noreen Jones, the mum of popular TV doctor and regular on ‘Good Morning Britain’, Dr Hilary Jones.

Noreen is a healthy, active 90-year-old who loves shopping, swimming and gardening. She also loves her home and her independence, but a recent accident threatened her with a permanent change of lifestyle.

Noreen stumbled over the end of her bed and the fall injured her leg quite badly. Although she was not seriously hurt, she did have to go to hospital and was forced to rest while the injury healed. The incident came as a wake-up call for her family, and for Noreen herself, who couldn’t believe how quickly it had happened.

‘It was my confidence… I felt so careless.” She reflects ruefully. “I wasn’t even rushing.”

The risk of a fall and the chance of complications increase with age and at 90, as Dr Hillary Jones is all too aware; his mum is at greater risk of falling again. To allow Noreen to remain in her beloved home and give her and her family much needed peace of mind, Dr Jones contacted Tynetec and asked that they install one of their Reach Home Alarm Units.

Now Noreen wears her fall detector every day and can go about her daily business with renewed confidence, knowing that if she were to fall again and find herself in need of assistance, the Reach system would automatically send out an alert.

“You’ve got to make the most of every day when you’re old,” says Noreen, placing her hand on her fall detector, “and this will help me do so… it’s jolly neat.”

Read Noreen’s story, meet the other members of the Independent for Longer online community and find out more about how TECs could help you or your loved ones at: www.independentforlonger.com

Billy the assistance dog makes his online debut!

Tynetec raises money to sponsor a dementia dog

Billy, a talented dog with a special job, is now sharing his adventures online as he trains to help people with dementia, mental illness or learning difficulties enjoy a full and active life.

His training has been funded by a monumental effort from the friends and colleagues of the late Billy Graham, a Business Development Manager for Legrand Assisted Living & Healthcare’s Tynetec brand, and his wife Lisa, who were tragically killed in the 2015 terror attack in Tunisia.

Billy Graham and his wife had personal experience of the great work that Alzheimer’s Scotland does for dementia sufferers, including supporting his mother who also suffered from the disease.

All those who worked with Mr Graham wanted to honour his memory and whilst talking with Alzheimer’s Scotland, heard about a fantastic initiative called the Dementia Dog project, which trains talented dogs that can make a real difference to the lives of people in the community.

Billy’s Tynetec colleagues made the decision to raise £15,000 to fully sponsor a dog in his name. They took part in a number of events including the Edinburgh Marathon, a 200 mile bike ride from the Grahams’ home town of Perth to Legrand Assisted Living & Healthcare’s Tynetec HQ in Blyth, Northumberland, and a quiz night at the company’s annual sales meeting.

In December 2016, the Dementia Dog project was presented with a cheque for £15,975 to enable them to train Golden Labrador puppy Billy as a Community Assistance dog. As Billy undergoes his training, his adventures and progress can be followed online at www.independentforlonger.com

Independent for Longer is a website designed to give practical advice and support to individuals and families coping with disabilities and long-term health conditions who wish to remain living independently in their own homes.

The special website guides visitors to information and personal case studies on various Technology Enabled Care Services (TECs) designed to help users maintain their independence. Tynetec, a brand of Legrand Assisted Living & Healthcare, is the company behind the platform.

National Sales Manager for Tynetec, Stuart Carroll, said: “Billy and Lisa were a wonderful couple; they had experience of the challenges families living with dementia face. They also loved dogs and were aware of how much joy they can bring even in the darkest times.

“We all agreed sponsoring Billy was an opportunity to remember some special people in a way that we hope would make them smile and also make a real difference to the lives of others in their time of need.”

To find out more about Billy go to: www.independentforlonger.com

Home is where Assisted Living & Healthcare is

Legrand is the Home of Assisted Living & Healthcare

Assisted Living & Healthcare is a rapidly growing industry in the UK and Legrand, global specialists in electrical and digital building infrastructures, have established a new identity as the Home of Assisted Living & Healthcare.

With the average living age and the number of individuals considered vulnerable or at risk increasing daily, technology is forming a central role in the delivery of cost effective, efficient and reliable social care and health care services. This technology is quickly advancing as the demand for digitally enabled products and services intensifies.

As traditional analogue systems undergo the transition to digital, this is forcing social care and health care services to consider the implications of the digital switch-over on their own existing infrastructures, as well as how new technology could allow them to support additional dependants.

Legrand’s Assisted Living & Healthcare division designs, manufactures and supplies innovative technology enabled care services (TECs) in the UK and Ireland. The division’s new identity brings three separate brands; Tynetec, Aid Call and Jontek together, to position Legrand as a leader in the assisted living market.

Kathryn Burton, Marketing Communications Manager at Legrand Assisted Living & Healthcare, explains: “The technology used by social care and health care services must continue to evolve in order to fulfill the needs of those that depend on these services. Our new Assisted Living & Healthcare identity brings our capabilities in marketing leading TECs under one roof.”

“All three brands are very successful in their own right but it was important for us to unite our offering to make it easy for customers to access our expertise and exploit the synergies between our products. This ensures that we continue to provide the excellent products and services our customers have come to expect and in turn, will enable us to continue investing and innovating within the industry.”

The company’s Tynetec brand specialises in grouped living systems, telecare solutions and access control systems which are supplied to local authorities and housing associations across the UK.

Aid Call has been a market leader in wireless nurse call technology for over 40 years, providing a range of products and bespoke solutions to care homes, care groups and hospitals.

The most recently acquired brand, Jontek, ensures Legrand can offer complete end-to-end TECs solutions, which prompted the new identity as the Home as Assisted Living & Healthcare. This business provides monitoring & response centre software solutions, incorporating telecare, telehealth & m-Care, to the public and private sector.

Get ready to go digital

Legrand offers free digital audits to help organisations kick-start their digital journey

As the world transitions from analogue to digital, Legrand Assisted Living & Healthcare is leading the digitalisation agenda in technology enabled care services (TECs) by discussing the implications of the switch-over at six Digital Roadshow events across the UK from Glasgow to London.

Analogue technology that has been used to operate TECs across the UK for over 40 years is being replaced by digital systems, with the transition, according to Ofcom aiming to be concluded by 2025. This process has important implications for existing analogue technologies which may continue to operate, but with the possibly of being less reliable.

Legrand’s Digital Roadshow gave service provider organisations a clearer understanding of how the digital transition will affect them and how they can plan for it with minimal disruption. Attendees were presented with the challenges faced by Assisted Living & Healthcare before taking part in a workshop that explored how digitally enabled technology could transform the services they provide.

Wendy Kendall, Legrand Sales Director, reflected: “The Digital Roadshows were a huge success that gave many organisations an understanding of the benefits of digital systems after admitting they initially felt the transition was a daunting process they were unprepared for. We are here to support our customers with knowledge and products that will allow the continued safety and efficiency of their valuable services.”

Legrand are leaders in the Assisted Living & Healthcare market, creating digital solutions with open protocols that support interoperability. The company offers commercial models and flexibility as well as a planned approach to phase out public switched telephone networks.

National Sales Manager for Tynetec, Stuart Carroll, announced: “To help customers understand their current position and how they can move towards digital, Tynetec is offering free of charge digital audits. The aim of these audits is to give organisations an understanding of where they are now and what they need to do next.”

Another newly acquired brand of Legrand, Jontek, has been ahead of the curve for some years now with its provision of digitally enabled monitoring systems, which give alarm centre operators the ability to accept calls from analogue and digital systems on one platform.

“The transition to digital services was always going to happen and our customers can be confident that we are fully prepared to support them. We’ve already planned for the switch-over which makes us best placed to help customers with their own journey,” added National Sales Manager for Jontek, Trevor Hoggard.

To find out more about the digital agenda or book your free digital audit email: sales@tynetec.co.uk