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A ground-breaking pilot is being launched across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough this month which could help adults stay safely in their homes for longer.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council will be the first in the country to pilot this new technology on this scale, which will see 180 service users taking part.

Designed for the elderly, frail or disabled who live alone, the ‘Next Generation Technology Project’ pilot will see the installation of a new digital Lifeline system, with motion sensor technology, offering continuous monitoring and analysis of daily living routines.

Known as the [email protected] Pro, the technology will be compared against the standard Lifeline, to see if it helps to indicate early signs of potential health and daily living issues, before they become serious. Health and social care services can then intervene earlier with shorter and simpler interventions. Informal carers can access self-help and preventative services that supports the users overall sense of wellbeing.

The movement detectors can be placed around the house and magnetic contacts placed on the front door, fridge, or medication box etc. It can take up to 30 days to learn a person’s daily living routine, and works by identifying significant changes in the user’s normal routine, for example, an increase in bathroom usage, could indicate a possible infection or reduced mobility detected before a fall.

Standard Lifelines rely on the person to press a button to trigger an alert, whereas the [email protected] Pro notifies the telecare call centre of any changes– who can then check on the individual, alert family members and relevant response services. There is also an app for family members who can check the welfare of their loved ones but have the assurance that they will be phoned if there is a need to visit.

The increasing use of Technology Enabled Care is integral to the Adults Positive Challenge Programme. This is part of the on-going transformation of the council’s adult social care services - which aims to deliver the best possible outcomes for adults and older people and promote independence, whilst meeting the challenges of increasing demand and financial pressures.

Funded by NHS England, referrals for the pilot can be made by health, housing and social care professionals. The pilot is being rolled out this December, with installations to be completed by March and monitoring for a further 12 months.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chairwoman of the Adults Committee, Councillor Anna Bailey, said:

“This new project is part of the on-going transformation of our adult social care services that promotes independent living and keeping people in their own homes – where they often want to stay, with their family and friends around them.

“We’re committed in helping people within our county to live well safely, whilst also reducing their need for care.

“By piloting this scheme we hope it will offer us another way to provide care and spot signs of health issues before it’s too late.”

If you would like to get involved in the Next Generation Technology Project Contact: [email protected]

Watch our short clip from the Launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E72eHoE4LpQ 

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