Tunstall monitoring devices approved for DVA rehab program

Three extra assistive technology solutions from Tunstall Healthcare have been approved for the Department of Veterans Affairs' (DVA) rehabilitation appliances program (RAP), which provides subsidised personal response systems and other appliances to DVA Gold and White card holders.

In addition to Tunstall's personal response system (PRS), which includes a base alarm unit and radio trigger pendant, Tunstall's iVi fall detector pendant, PIR movement sensor and GPS watch are now funded through the program.

Earlier this year, the DVA merged the previous HomeFront program, which provided a free home assessment and funded falls and accident prevention devices, into the RAP. Several of those items have now been added to the RAP national schedule of equipment.

DVA Gold and White card holders must be assessed by a qualified health provider such as a GP, nurse, physiotherapist or occupational therapist.

Tunstall managing director Lyn Davies said Tunstall had been an approved DVA RAP provider since 2002 and was pleased to now be able to offer the additional range of solutions through the program.

“These additional care sensors can be used in the home to monitor risks such as falls, inactivity and wandering,” she said.

The iVi intelligent fall pendant is a lightweight device that can be worn on a neck cord, attached to clothing as a brooch clip or to the person's waist through a belt clip. It automatically detects if the wearer has fallen and raises an alarm through the Tunstall medical alarm unit.

Tunstall’s PIR is a wireless movement detector that is installed in the home and programmed to detect activity or inactivity. It can be wall mounted and its beam can be raised above floor height to allow pets to wander freely.

While it has been added to the RAP schedule, Tunstall's Find-Me Watch is currently unavailable as it is undergoing a revamp as part of Telstra's move away from the 2G network. The company's new 3G/Next G GPS watch is scheduled for release in August.

The Find-Me Tunstall watch is capable of sending an assistance alert and map location advice, dual directional voice communication, a programmable safe zone with pre-set parameters, and medication reminder alerts.

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