The UK housing and home care sectors will come together next week to share how they have innovated to support vulnerable people during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement in March that millions of vulnerable people would have to isolate, those responsible for caring for people at home faced an unprecedented challenge: how to deliver physical and mental care and support without compromising safety.
A number of public and private sector care providers turned to technology, and have either innovated with new home monitoring or web connected devices, or improvised by using existing technology in new ways.
The Innovation in Independent Living webinar will offer a chance to learn from those at the forefront of home care, or share your experiences of good practice.
Prominent innovations have included virtual health consultancies, automated care scheduling, remote health and condition monitoring, robotics and AI.
Keynote speaker Mark Allan, head of Tech & Digitally Enabled Care at Hampshire County Council said: “Technology had become absolutely integral to us in terms of supporting people at home prior to the crisis.
“We’ve already been examining opportunities around robotics in care, and had begun trialling robots in a range of settings – both for people with limited mobility and for carers who are supporting those patients.”
Allan continued: “Covid-19 has undoubtedly accelerated innovation in home care, so the webinar will be an interesting opportunity to see what has changed in three short months.”
Paul Botsford head of Assisted Living Technology at Secure Meters, the webinar’s sponsor, said: “What is clear is that although the crisis is far from over, we have an interval of respite to allow us to ask ‘what have we learnt?’
“That’s what the Innovation in Independent Living webinars are all about: an opportunity to share good practice while we can, particularly as the real threat of a second wave of the pandemic could make that harder later in the year.”
Other presenters will include Nathan Downing, head of Advisory Services with TEC Services Organisation and Nigel Ebdon, Market Development Manager at Secure Meters.
The webinar starts at 10am on Thursday 9th July. Click here to register.