Could new ‘smart homes’ scheme help reduce loneliness in the elderly?
£400,000 has been awarded to a scheme looking to create a series of smart homes, to demonstrate the benefit of technology in tackling loneliness in the elderly and disabled.
What is the ‘smart homes’ scheme?
Funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the ‘smart homes’ scheme aims to equip elderly and disabled people with better awareness of technology and digital skills. The smart homes will be created in rural areas of West Essex, in partnership with Uttlesford Council for Voluntary Service.
Residents will be taught to understand the digital world before having their homes fitted with the latest smart technology. These tech experts will then invite older people into their homes to see for themselves how smart technology can help them in their day to day lives and help them retain their independence.
How can smart technology help the elderly and disabled?
Smart technology can offer a whole host of benefits for elderly and disabled individuals, such as providing an easy means of ordering groceries online, booking GP appointments and contacting loved ones and relatives for a video chat.
Public Health England stated that voice recognition devices and digital assistants, like Google Assistant and Alexa, could prove instrumental in tackling loneliness, as simply the presence of another voice in the house can help stave off feelings of isolation.
However, there really is no substitute for genuine human companionship and support. The team at Burley’s is dedicated to providing clients with the best home care services possible, so if you want to arrange a welfare check for a loved one or require full-time live in care from a friendly and experienced carer, we can help. Contact us today to find out more about our flexible home care services.