Nottinghamshire care provider becomes first company to trial new lifesaving alarm wristbands

Paul Pitchford and Philip Hill
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A Nottinghamshire-based domiciliary care provider has become the first company in the UK to trial new personal alarm wristbands. The wristbands were developed for Your Home Care by Intelligent Recording Limited, and whilst the lightweight devices look similar to a smartwatch they don't actually have a display screen.

The devices can detect if a person has fallen, and then contact friends or relatives of the user with a phone call. This alarm wristband can also use What Three Words and WiFi settings on any nearby devices so that exact locations can be shared.

In addition to this, there is also a geofence function, which when set means if a person goes out of a certain area an alert is sent. These wristbands are also linked to a friends and family app so that a user’s health can be monitored remotely by their loved ones.

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Another unique part of the device is that through the app, the user can have indicative blood pressure readings taken, and their activity levels can be monitored. The app can also take blood oxygen readings, and highlight body temperature changes.

At the moment all of this can be accessed through the app, but work is underway to integrate it into Your Home Care systems.

Paul Pitchford, who co-founded Your Home Care with Scott Marsh, said: “This wonderful and unique technology has the potential to be a real asset when ensuring the safety of vulnerable or elderly people in their own homes. They should help give even more confidence to families that the health of their loved ones is being monitored.

“As we already regularly use Restore2 health checks, we see the wristbands as working in tandem with that process and data being integrated with our information. Your Home Care is committed to delivering Outstanding care and the use of modern technology is part of how we can keep on improving what we do.”

A number of these wristbands will be given to Your Home Care clients to use, but there will also be some made available for purchase by members of the public. The funding for the wristbands came from a grant by Digital Notts, which is a partnership of organisations such as councils and health organisations, that are “collectively responsible for improving the health, care and wellbeing” of local people.

Philip Hill of Intelligent Recordings Limited, explained that his business helps create technology that makes a difference, such as a recently developed telematics technology being deployed in thousands of ambulances.

Philip said: “The wristbands compact into a small space a number of amazing features that together create something unique and ideal for a number of settings, including home care. It’s an exciting product and I really look forward to seeing how clients of Your Home Care benefit from using the wristbands.”

Members of the public purchasing a wristband can also pay a low-cost monthly subscription fee with different levels available depending on requirements.