Technology Enabled Care (TEC)

Technology Enabled Care (TEC) is the use of different technologies to improve a person's outcomes.

The 2 main types of technology covered by the TEC team are Telecare and Consumer Technology.



image of a older lady being given advice on how to use a personal alarm pendant..

East Lothian's Telecare Service provides and installs a range of equipment which can help you to live safely and independently at home.  It offers peace of mind to users and carers alike

Perhaps you:

  • live on your own and worry about what would happen to you should you have a fall in the house?
  • are concerned about a member of your family or a friend who although are independent, just need something to reassure them that help is available at the touch of a button 24 hours a day, should they need it.

How the Telecare Service can support you. 

  • Our Alarm Service gives peace of mind to users and carers alike.
  • We assess your needs to determine the most suitable equipment for you and your environment.
  • We provide you with a base unit that we install within the home and give you a pendant which you can wear around your neck or on your wrist.
  • Our team will demonstrate the alarm working at installation and check the pendant range within your home and garden.
  • Other sensors include fall detector, smoke detector, door or bed sensor
  • Should you have a fall or require assistance just press the pendant and your call will be directed to our very own Alarm Centre based in Macmerry.
  • Our friendly operators are experienced in answering alarm calls and they can get you the right help that you need.

We charge a small fee for our service which is £4.05 a week.

Apply for a standard community alarm and pendant from East Lothian Telecare Service

Consumer Technology

image of a living room with a graphic of depicting home smart technology


As a society we are now using Technology a lot more, particularly after COVID-19.

A lot of us have already invested in low cost and readily available devices but don’t fully know about what else they can do to help us and our family keep as safe and independent as possible.

In East Lothian we are keen to let people know more about what the technology can do when used creatively. We are keen to show how it can be used to keep ourself and our families as safe as possible at home; allow easy control of the environment; act as a memory prompt; enable contact with family & friends and how it can be used for fun!

Benefits for Smart TEC

  • Smart technology is readily available on the high street or online
  • Devices are usually low cost and easy to set up, although most devices require a wifi connection
  • Settings and features can be used creatively to help you and family to remain as active, connected, independent, safe, and entertained as possible
  • You can use Smart TEC to control your items in the home in a different way such as heating, lighting, security
  • Or use the technology to help you achieve what you want to – match the technology to your needs and goals

We have set up a "smart house" in East Lothian displaying a range of equipment and devices set up for demonstration purposes and have recreated a digital version.

Browse our Smart Home here

Smart Home with exposed rooms