CareCalls is not always the best solution to a problem, some people may be in need of a carer to help them. Or they may respond better to an alternative piece of technology. We have created this chart to help you see the strengths and weaknesses of CareCalls and other solutions.


The solutions we have compared are:

  1. CareCalls
  2. Pill boxes with alarms
  3. Pendants
  4. Medication reminder mobile applications
  5. Telephone befriending services
  6. Carers


CareCalls

Pros

  • 14 day free trial means no money wasted if it does not suit you.
  • Intuitive and familiar technology.
  • Provides both reminders & safety checks.
  • Personalised message can provide time dependent & precise instructions.
  • All day customer service makes editing calls easy.
  • Full reports on usage sent to the appropriate person.

Cons

  • Does not organise pills & medication (we recommend partnering CareCalls with a pill box).
  • Requires the call receiver to be lucid and proactive enough to take medication after
    being prompted.


Pill boxes with alarms

Pros

  • Some models are intuitive.
  • Single cost.
  • Organises pills & medication.

Cons

  • Unfamiliar and potentially confusing technology.
  • Difficult to change times.
  • Can not be heard throughout house.
  • Does not warn you if there is no response.
  • Does not include personalised voice and message, which can be used to instruct.
  • Can get lost.
  • More complex dispensers can be £150+.
  • Can be an expensive one time investment.


Pendants

Pros

  • Can alert monitoring centre in an emergency.
  • Good value for money.

Cons

  • Don’t provide reminders, only situation alerts.
  • Pendants are reactive instead of proactive, pendants will not help someone who has fallen unconscious.
  • 50% of pendant wearers forget to wear them.
  • Require plugging into a socket to be charged.
  • Can easily get lost.


Medication reminder mobile applications

Pros

  • Cheap.

Cons

  • Complicated interfaces.
  • Unfamiliar and potentially confusing technology.
  • Mobile phones can be lost or left uncharged.
  • Cannot be heard throughout the house.
  • Hard for elderly people to operate.
  • Can be lost.
  • Potentially hard to read.


Telephone befriending services

Pros

  • Personally ring individual each day/week.

Cons

  • More expensive.


Carers

Pros

  • Can verify medication has been taken.
  • Can help with household tasks.
  • Can provide social support and recognise problems.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Can intrude on independence.

 


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