Technology helping people to live independently
Posted on: 14 March 2018
More and more people, regardless of their ability, are living as independently as they can.
And they are doing so with the assistance of technology, within the home and when they’re out and about.
Things such as alarms; devices that prompt people to take medication; monitors that alert professionals if they’ve had a fall; things that will turn taps off to stop a bath overflowing; or telephone based support, are all helping people live more independently.
“Technology isn’t a replacement for good care,”
says Solveig Sansom, Devon County Council Senior Manager within adult social care.
“But it can be a useful part of any package of support.
“It can reduce the amount of support that is needed. Or it can help people to be safe and well at home, without needing to stay in waiting for people to provide care and support.”
VIDEO: Emma Burns, who has learning disabilities, said:
“Equipment like this can help lots of people to carry on living at home independently.”
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for adult social care, said:
“Technology is helping thousands of people to live independently at home. We want people to be aware of that this equipment is available. Please contact us, or go online, or talk to your local independent living centre to see what’s available and what could help you.”
For more information and advice and where to get it, have a look at our website. http://devon.cc/tecs