Hampshire County Council’s Telecare initiative has scooped another prestigious national award.
The 2015 TSA (Telecare Services Association) Crystal Award for Inspiring Change and Progress within Technology Enabled Care Services was won last week by PA Consulting Group, for their inspiring Telecare partnership work with the County Council.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care said: “Telecare can have a huge impact on people’s lives by providing emergency support, helping people manage their health and wellbeing and helping lonely or isolated people connect with their communities. This award shows that our county’s service, delivered via the PA led Argenti Partnership, is helping to lead the way in the development of Telecare and I am delighted that this has been recognised nationally.”
“As the world of technology moves rapidly forward, we want to ensure that in Hampshire we are embracing the significant opportunities that it brings to support people to live as independently as possible, for as long as possible.”
Telecare is a 24 hour personal emergency monitoring service which helps people to continue to live independently in their own home. Using wireless technology and environmental sensors to continuously monitor those with care and support needs, 24 hour monitoring ensures that the right help can be provided immediately and also gives reassurance to relatives and carers who are not able to provide round the clock support. Those living with dementia at home can call for help with the simple touch of a button – where they can then be linked to the Telecare monitoring team who can provide the help and support required.
Steve Carefull, adult social care expert at PA Consulting Group and programme director of the Argenti Telehealthcare Partnership said: “We have been working closely with Hampshire County Council for over two years and have seen the huge difference assistive technology is making to the lives of many Hampshire residents. We are very proud that this award recognises the success of Argenti in Hampshire, and look forward to continuing to work with the Council to enable more people to live an independent life with assistive technology.”
Two years after launch, over 4,200 vulnerable people across the county are benefitting from a personalised telecare service that 98% of them would recommend to others.