PA Consulting Group’s, head of local government services, David Rees is quoted in a BBC News online article which examines the new technology being employed to help the elderly live in their own home. It draws upon PA's work in providing telecare services for Hampshire County Council.
The article notes that new technology is being harnessed both for booking carers and facilitating remote monitoring of the elderly, which reduces the need for home visits.
Hampshire has developed telecare services to help people live independently in their own homes. This includes personal alarms, GPS tracking devices and movement sensors that are monitored 24 hours a day. Tablet computers and video conferencing are also available to help the elderly to keep in touch with relatives and carers.
Hampshire has a contract in place with PA Consulting Group to run these technology services.
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David goes on to explain that this: “is just the start of the process that could transform the quality of life for the elderly.
“There are a number of products in the marketplace that can be used to play music or radio if they’re asked, and we’re looking at how that might help an individual.
“For example, if might remind an individual to take a medicine, or ask how they are, and, depending on their response, if they’re not that well, we can alert a loved one or carer.”
The article concludes that advocates for this technology argue that it could save local authorities money, but that the immediate challenge is finding the money to sustain day to day services.