Mary, 100, fighting fit at home thanks to Telemonitoring

Mary McManus from Cornagrade in Enniskillen
Mary McManus from Cornagrade in Enniskillen

Most of us would do well to make it to the ripe age of 100, but one Enniskillen centenarian is not only still enjoying life, she is even monitoring her health from the comfort of her own home.

Mary McManus, who lives with lung conditions, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), is currently the oldest person in Northern Ireland to use a service which keeps a close eye on her health to ensure she is fighting fit.

The 100-year-old, originally from Lisnaskea, tests her oxygen levels and temperature and the results are monitored via her telephone line.

A medical team based in Holywood is able to monitor Mary’s condition through the Telemonitoring NI Service, and can contact her case manager if there is anything wrong.

Mary said: “Anything that helps to keep me well and healthy is a good idea.”

Her daughter Bernie Keenan said the service is a real reassurance for the family and allows her mother to remain independent in familiar surroundings.

“It is important...that mummy can be cared for where she feels the most relaxed, and that is in the comfort of her own home.”

To find out more about the Telemonitoring service talk to your GP, specialist nurse or hospital consultant or contact the Western Trust’s Telehealth Service co-ordinator Shane McNamee on 07506745709.

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