Councillor given a Lifeline in Wealden

Cllr Bill Bentley met staff at Wealden Lifeline
Cllr Bill Bentley met staff at Wealden Lifeline

A COUNTY councillor visited an emergency care service based in Eastbourne this month to see how lives can be saved by modern technology.

Cllr Bill Bentley, the Lead Member for Adult Social Care, met staff at Eastbourne and Wealden Lifeline (WEL) .

Cllr Bentley was shown around by Mark Bannister, the managing director of WEL, and saw how the Telecare system works to keep people safe.

The council uses this service for clients and there are plans to develop it in the future. Telecare is an emergency alarm which uses sensors in a person’s home to detect things like fire, smoke, someone falling over and other emergencies. There is a 24-hour central monitoring service which is alerted if something happens which needs an immediate response.

Telecare can help people maintain their independence in their own home while ensuring they are safe 365-days a year.

Cllr Bentley also heard about the other connected services such as Telehealth, which can be used to monitor a client’s vital signs such as blood pressure and pulse rate from a remote location, so that if something happens health professionals can be alerted quickly.

Cllr Bentley said, “We are working closely with WEL to ensure that people in our community can have a good quality of life and can be independent in their own homes. Telecare is a great step forward in achieving this, particularly for the elderly and vulnerable in East Sussex and it shows how a simple but effective system can work in practice.”

Mark Bannister, the managing director of WEL, said, “We were delighted that Cllr Bentley came to visit us so we could show him what WEL can do.

“We really are a lifeline for many people and we use all the technology which is available for the well-being and health of people who want to live at home, but need the assurance that help is at hand if something goes wrong.”