Last night (Wednesday 16 March), Hampshire County Council and PA Argenti Telehealthcare Partnership won the award for Driving Efficiencies through Technology category at the national 2016 Local Government Chronicle Awards.
As a modern business, Hampshire County Council is leading the way in teaming up with PA Consulting who lead the Argenti partnership, a consortium of companies who provide the latest technology to support people to continue living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
Cllr Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care said: “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 can have a huge impact on people’s lives by helping people manage their health and wellbeing, as well as 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 once again been recognised nationally.”
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 telecare in Hampshire, and look forward to continuing to work with the Council to enable more people to live an independent life with assistive technology.”
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.
Two years after launch, over 4,200 vulnerable people across the county are benefitting from a personalised telecare service that 98 per cent would recommend to others.