Aberdeenshire Telecare Project
Martin Edge was the PI for this project from the start with the main researecher being Liz Sergeant. I was not involved in the latter stages of the project or the final report, which was authored by Liz Sergeant
In August 2006 Malcolm
Chisholm, Minister for Communities, announced a £8 million funding grant
for the development of telecare programmes across
Telecare is a term that covers a range of devices and services that harness developing technology and are available to people in their home to help them live with greater independence and safety.
Examples include devices that trigger a response from a call centre, such as falls monitors and motion sensors. The responses may range from a phone call to the person, to alerting a local carer or neighbour or social service, to alerting emergency services if appropriate. Other examples include devices that directly alert the person in the home to a particular hazard, such as a water level monitor in a bath.
IT developments are continually extending the range of devices and services available and, as a result, the scope for telecare to support people with particular health and social care needs – such as older people and people with disabilities – to remain in their own homes and optimise their independence and quality of life.
The objectives of the programme were to:
- Reduce the number of avoidable admissions to care homes and of
admissions and re-admissions into hospital
- Reduce the pressure on informal carers
- Reduce the need for other more expensive interventions
- Improve the quality of life for a range of people with learning difficulties and people with long term medical conditions and their carers.
The Environments for People Research Centre at RGU has been commissioned to manage the telecare programme within Aberdeenshire. The immediate clients for the project are Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian.
A working group, led by Strategic Development Officers in Community Care from Aberdeenshire Council, manages the project. Membership of this group includes RGU (Liz Sergeant and Marin Edge), the community OT service, the Supporting People Team's Development Officer, the Regional Communication Centre, the Sheltered Housing Manager, the Joint Future Planning Manager of NHS Grampian, Age Concern (Scotland) and Alzheimers Scotland.
The overall vision is to support older people to live in their own homes, in the community, in safety, as independently as possible and for as long as possible.
RGU offers expertise in the design and commissioning of housing including assitive technology, the assessment of user needs, inclusive design and the specification of technology.