Wyre Forest Help Elderly with Technology
Innovative mobile and interactive technology set to improve the lives of vulnerable adults in Wyre Forest.
16:33 11 February 2019
Worcester Telecare and Worcestershire County Council have teamed up to launch a project that aims to improve the quality of the lives of elderly residents in Wyre Forest. State-of-the-art technology similar to that used by Professor Stephen Hawking will be introduced to allow elderly residents with mobility issues to close curtains, switch on lights and open the front door with just a blink of an eye.
Cabinet member for adult social care Councillor Adrian Hardman said: "We think that this is a major way of controlling demand and letting people live independent and fulfilling lives for longer in their own homes.
"Assistive technology I think will be buried into the care package we roll out to homes as a cornerstone from now on - and there is no doubt that by using the technology, it will have an affect on the county council budget in due course"
"Hopefully the outcomes to our services will be better."
Rupert Lawrence, head of Worcestershire Telecare, said: "Where this is different from previous services is that it's tailored to the individual and their support network and it's making the best use of digital technologies as well.
"We are now living in a digital world and there are a lot more possibilities with technology."