Unfortunately, the post Terminology: ‘telecare’ v ‘assistive technology’ last week came too late to stop Tunstall from hijacking the term ‘assistive technology’ to make it mean ‘telecare and telehealth’ in a publication it has sponsored for the Chartered Institute of Housing. The CIH members deserve better than this ‘How to…’ guide.
Not only that, the TSA should be reviewing Tunstall’s accreditation for peddling the harebrained and dangerous proposition that PIR detectors can provide an ‘I’m ok’ alert through detection of movement to replace morning calls by wardens (page 3)*. Moreover, it is amazing that Contour Housing has fallen for it.
Shame on Tunstall for producing this, and shame on the CIH for publishing it. Tunstall press release. Publication (PDF) How to make effective use of assistive technology in housing.
*To be clear, an ‘I’m OK’ safety confirmation service as properly implemented by Alertacall (see its Housing Proactive site) is an excellent proposition. It’s the idea of trying to do it with PIR detectors that is harebrained.