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Going Hi-Tech Helps People to Live Better Lives

Adults in South Tyneside are being offered the latest 'smart home' technology to help them live safely and independently, councillors will be told next week.         

Assistive technology is key to maximising independence and promoting wellbeing while also supporting carers and families to continue their valued roles in supporting people, according to a report to the People Select Committee.

Through the Living Better Lives Resource Centre, the technology on offer can now be demonstrated to health and social care professionals and members of the public.

Devices such as an alarm pendant which allows people to call for help at the touch of a button as well as door and bed sensors, pill dispensers and GPS tracking systems for those with memory impairment are all used to maximise a person's independence.

The service currently supports 2,500 people in the Borough.

To provide additional assurance, members will be told that a newly-formed night visiting service is now also offered. This has contributed to people's independence by enabling those who need care support at night to remain in their own home.

Councillor John McCabe, Chair of the People Select Committee, said: "Technology has developed considerably in recent years, providing a solution to the conundrum of maintaining independence without compromising safety or security.

"We know people are keen to remain independent and in their own homes for as long as possible so by investing in the latest digital technology, we can help them to maximise their independence in a more proactive and less intrusive way."

Councillors will be told that new technologies such as falls detectors for outside of the home and stand-alone devices to support timely hospital discharge, could be introduced in the future.

Members will also receive an update on the Public Health Annual Report.

The meeting will be held at 10am on Tuesday 16 July in South Shields Town Hall.



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