East Ridings Residents Living Independently, Thanks to New Technology
A local council makes new technology available for residents so they can live as independently as possible.
23:36 03 March 2023
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is exploring the use of different technologies to help local resident live as independently as possible.
One of the technologies being trialled by the local council is the Buddi GPS tracker system. It features a speaker, microphone and a panic button giving the wearer access to help 24 hours a day. The tracker, which is designed to detect falls, also enables family members to track the wearer's real-time location through an app.
Nichole, one of the first to trial the tracker and who suffers from epilepsy, said: "I feel less vulnerable, and this technology could be life altering for so many people; not just for those with visible disabilities, but for those with hidden disabilities too. The device provides the reassurance that people know who I am, that I have epilepsy, and the care I need.
"The reassurance I have from the technology is amazing. It has not only given me my own life back, but it's also given my children their lives back."
Councillor Kerri Harold, portfolio holder for adults, health and wellbeing said: "Seeing the impact that this technology is having on people's lives is fantastic.
"We want to continue to look at new ways and innovative solutions to help support residents to live active and independent lives."