Tunstall has added a web-based activity monitoring system from Just Checking to its portfolio of telehealthcare solutions.

Tunstall said a partnership with Just Checking will widen the reach of the activity monitoring system, which is used by more than half of UK councils with social services responsibilities.

The system uses movement sensors to generate a 24 hour chart of activity for a person living alone in their own home. It is used by councils for assessment and planning care, for people leaving hospital, and for those with dementia.

Richard Rawcliffe, Tunstall’s sales director, said the addition would enable the company to provide better support for its customers with assessment as well as informing longer term packages of care. 

This could include identifying where telecare could offer ongoing support. He added: “Government policy is increasingly focusing on reablement, preventing re-admission to hospital and delaying the need for long term residential care.

"Assessment forms a vital part of delivering the services needed to support people in their own homes and Just Checking offers a quick to install and cost effective means of assessing a person’s ability to manage in the community.”

Celia Price, marketing director for Just Checking, added: “This partnership means Just Checking will be introduced to a greater number of health and social care organisations, where there is enormous pressure to make finite budgets work harder.

"A better understanding of a person’s capabilities, when they are living alone, allows practitioners to target care where it is needed and to encourage independence when it is not.”

Tunstall said it will provide first line support but Just Checking will retain management of its associated web service and helpline and will continue to provide product support.