Investment in hi-tech digital intercom and alarm keeps older residents safe.
Residents at a sheltered housing scheme in the Northumberland town of Blyth are benefiting from the very latest digital technology to keep them safe and well.
Housing association Karbon Homes acquired Athlone Court in Blyth last summer from another landlord, and recognised the need to invest in a new grouped living alarm and communication system. As all of the other 35 sheltered and Extra Care schemes managed by Karbon across the North East already had an integrated grouped living system to ensure the residents could call for help if they were ever in difficulties.
But Athlone Court were entirely reliant on the building’s scheme officer keeping in personal contact with the residents – or receiving a phone call daily to ensure they were Ok.
Jon McDonald, Retirement Living manager for Karbon Homes, said: “For older residents, it’s vital that they have peace of mind so that, should they suffer a fall or an unexpected health emergency, they can easily call for help – and know somebody will be on call to assist them.
“It’s also reassurance for their friends and family members. We operate grouped living systems in all our schemes, but this new digital system is a step up from what we’re used to – the sound quality is excellent, and the amount of information available to our staff is very impressive on the managers panel.”
Aaron Longstaff, Senior Business Development Manager from alarm provider Tynetec, said:
“Our new digital Advent XT2 system installed at Athlone Court is one of the most advanced in the country in terms of functionality.
Advent XT2 offers complete peace of mind as a means of simple and effective communication between a resident and the onsite manager or offsite responder, should assistance be required.
An ‘I’m OK’ button lets the onsite manager know that the resident is fine so there is no need to call and disturb each day. A message waiting option with caller identification adds an additional level of security.
The Intercom is easy to clean with a modern, stylish and aesthetically pleasing look that fits seamlessly into the resident’s property.
The Advent XT2 Manager’s Display Panel is a dedicated, wall mounted panel PC that provides an onsite manager with the ability to interact with the most common day to day functions of the system. The unit is also capable of running a separate communal electronic noticeboard to keep residents up to date with any news, events or notices.”