Kent Assistive Care Tech
Kent County Council rolls out digital support packages for elderly and vulnerable residents.
12:42 15 July 2020
Kent County Council (KCC) has launched a scheme to support around 2,000 elderly and vulnerable residents during the Covid-19 crisis. Working together with assistive technology care provider Alcove, the local council confirmed that it will distribute a unique, ready-to-use videophone system so recipients can receive virtual care and health consultations as well as stay connected with their friends and family members.
The £1.5million contract is one of England's largest programmes to support vulnerable adults during the pandemic.
Clair Bell, Kent County Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Public Health, said: "This assistive technology will give some of our most vulnerable residents greater independence and help care staff to support them at this very challenging time.
"This video phone is delivered directly to the person's home, ready to go, straight out of the box. It enables carers to monitor care needs and check on the safety and wellbeing of their clients, who themselves are able to utilise the equipment for a variety of online activities such as ordering shopping and prescription, as well as connecting with their family and friends by video call.
"The system is proving to be particularly effective during the Covid-19 pandemic, reducing the need for face-to-face contact and limiting hands-on care to just essential tasks.
"I am delighted that KCC is investing in this technology which will bring many benefits to both the care workforce and those we support to live independently at home."