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Telecare technology a social care priority in Hampshire
Date of article: 03-Jul-12
Article By: Richard Howard, News Editor
Hampshire County Council has announced plans to expand on its current telecare capabilities once an innovative new business partner capable of maximising market potential has been secured.
Not only does the council recognise that telecare allows for a more versatile care service, while supporting the personal freedoms of the service user, but that effective monitoring systems are far more cost effective, cutting down on home care visits, unnecessary hospital admissions and relocations into residential care.
Executive member for adult social care, councillor Felicity Hindson comments: “Used in the right way technology has a huge part to play in helping us provide people with greater choice, control, independence and dignity when receiving care. Telecare can help improve confidence and minimise risks for older people living at home. It can also provide peace of mind to carers and their families.
“It provides a bespoke solution for individuals but is only one of many tools we can choose from when designing a care package. Telecare can be used to compliment traditional care or be used to replace it. For example someone who requires help with tasks such as washing or dressing will be visited by a carer but they may also have telecare to remind them to take their medication and detect any falls.
“People want to stay in a home of their own for as long as possible and if we are to help people stay independent in their own homes we have to offer them support that will maintain and build their confidence and in turn help them to enjoy their lives in the way that they choose.”
Before securing a new business partner the council is first due to consult with private providers, voluntary organisations, adult services team staff and related district councils, with a number of meetings, workshops and interviews being organised.