Technology Enabled Care team wins innovation award

Hi-tech sensors are enabling people to lead independent lives

A pilot project from Surrey County Council and Mole Valley District Council using discrete hi-tech sensors in everyday objects and places around the home to help people live independently, has won the Innovation and Improvement Award at the Surrey Downs Health and Care Partnership (SDHCP) Better Together awards.

The win is a huge achievement for the team who have worked in partnership to help make the pilot project a success in Mole Valley and also extended it to other areas throughout the county. They are now working with other district and borough councils to plan a broader roll-out to residents in other areas of Surrey.

Keep an eye on our Technology Enabled Care web page for further updates.

How the technology works

The sensors are fitted to household appliances such as kettles and are then used to discreetly monitor movement around the home without the need for cameras or microphones. The information is then fed into a central dashboard. If subtle changes are detected which may indicate something is amiss, the individual, their family and health or care worker is alerted.

Sue's story

The technology allows some of Surrey's most vulnerable residents to feel that they can stay safely in their homes whilst also providing vital reassurance to families who may not be able to visit regularly.

Sue, whose mum has had the home monitoring system installed said, "Mum wants to be in her own home as long as possible, and we want the same. It's put my mind at rest to know that mum's safe. I think it would suit a lot of people."

Take a look at the video below for more information on Technology Enabled Care and the difference it can make to residents.

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