Advice given out by some local councils can help us be good neighbours during these colder times.
One of our users got in touch with us to say they had recently taken their mother on holiday and that they had left her Assure band ‘somewhere safe’; so safe, in fact that it could not be found.
Councils are being urged to deliver a culture of care in the 'Helping people look after themselves' report. Acticheck can help.
Why create the Assure?
A while back I was speaking with my mother and she asked why there wasn't a service that could phone you up every day and make sure you were OK. She was not in poor health but sometimes it would be days without anyone visiting her and she just wanted the reassurance that if anything should happen she would get help soon and if the worst was to happen that her pets would be taken care of without delay.
Cutting your own toenails improves your life
There is some great research by the Institute of Ageing at Newcastle University (www.ncl.ac.uk/ageing/) showing that our ability to live fully independently is reliant on us being able to undertake a variety of ‘activities of daily living’. What they have observed is that usually it is the ability to cut our own toenails that is the first activity for which help might be needed.
Yesterday the Acticheck Assure competed with 5 other finalists from across the world for the BT Infinity Labs ‘Consumer Tech’ competition – and we finished as runner-up.
A new 'monthly plan'
We have been aware for some time that paying for the Assure and a year’s service in one go does not suit everyone. We now have a plan that can bring you the benefits of the Assure but spread the cost.
Who takes out the rubbish?
Paying it forwards*
When style is substance
We set out to put together a set of functions to make the Assure a terrific product for anyone who could be at risk if there was an incident and no one was around.
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If you have a critical issue bothering you, see link below for some information on experts who are available to help.
If you know something is wrong then please contact an expert immediately.
Your doctor can help with medical problems, or if you are in an emotional crisis you could contact the Samaritans. You can call them free from any phone on 116 123, email email@example.com or you may have a branch near you that you can visit (see www.samaritans.org/branches).
If the cause of your crisis is feeling overwhelmed by a financial or legal issue then they may suggest a local legal centre or the Citizens Advice Bureau as a good first step to solving your issues.
There is a Spanish phrase that says ‘Where there is a will, there are many ways’. Just because what you have tried so far has not worked does not mean there is nothing else to try and these people are expert at finding the right solution in a crisis, and they care.