More and more people with a learning disability are being empowered to have more choice and control over their lives.

There are an increasing number of ways that housing and support can be provided to help people with a learning disability gain their independence.

At Progress Lifeline we tailor packages that give people the support and confidence they need to live in their own home.

We understand the risks and challenges that people with a learning difficulty might face on a day-to-day basis and the concerns as guardians or carers that you might have about their safety and wellbeing.

Our sensors can detect situations that may be dangerous or uncomfortable, alerting our alarm response centre so they can trigger an appropriate response. A potential package for supporting people with a learning difficulty could include the following sensors and services:

Smoke alarms

When smoke or fire is detected an alarm will automatically be sounded in the home. Our alarm response centre will also be notified and if necessary the operator will contact the emergency services.

Carbon monoxide alarms

Carbon monoxide is an odourless and colourless gas which is sometimes produced in fires and boilers and can be fatal. Our carbon monoxide alarms tell us when there are dangerous levels in your home.

Property exit sensors

Property exit sensors tell us if you have left your home and not returned for a prolonged period of time. They are useful for people who are often disorientated. They can also tell us if you have accidentally left your door open.

Bed and chair occupancy sensors

If you have been out of your bed or chair for a long time then the occupancy sensor will let us know. They are useful for people who are at risk of falls or easily get disorientated. The sensor can also be connected to a light so that it is switched on and off as you get in and out of bed.

Flood detectors

Flood detectors tell us when taps have not been switched off. They are particularly useful for people who can be forgetful and can prevent injury and costly damage.

Temperature extremes

These detect both extreme heat and cold. They can tell us if there is a fire in your house or if your house is too cold because of bad weather, a broken boiler or a door that has been left open.

Gas detector

Forgetting to light the gas on a hob or fire a big fire hazard. Our gas detectors automatically shut off the gas when the detector senses high levels of it in the air.

Bogus caller alarm

This helps vulnerable people who are often targeted by criminals and bogus callers by connecting the intercom to the control centre. The alarm response centre can intervene if they feel the caller is being overly aggressive or trying to exploit the Progress Lifeline customer.

Medication reminder prompts

The medication unit only dispenses medication at set times and lets us know if you have forgotten to take it. They are also beneficial for people who have to take medication at different times during the day.

Alarm response centre

The sensors can be linked to our 24 hour alarm response centre or a nominated person. If a problem occurs, this triggers the alarm to our alarm response centre, a relative or key holder. Some of our sensors even remotely control appliances and can switch off gas and taps if they detect that something is wrong; preventing a dangerous situation.

We can provide the service in any home regardless of the size, layout or location of the property – all that is needed is a connected landline telephone.

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