Borough Mayor Cllr Bill Soane has been helping raise awareness amongst health and social care staff about the vast array of technology now available to help and support vulnerable residents to live more independently with less intrusion.
The Mayor was in attendance this week at the ‘Technology Enabled Care’ (TEC) event at Wokingham Town Hall, where Optalis, one of Wokingham Borough Council’s key partners, launched their dedicated TEC support team.
Their specialist team, funded by the council, supports, advises and trains social and health care staff to access and use technology in the most convenient and cost effective way to achieve positive outcomes for both vulnerable adults and their carers.
During the event social care and health care professionals, together with representative from community and volunteer groups across the borough, were presented with examples of how technology enabled care has a key role to play in the modernisation of social care and health, helping to enable people to live more independently for longer by reducing need for traditional care, preventing both hospital admissions and premature admissions to residential care.
Various types of equipment were on display at the event including sensors to minimise risk of falls, monitoring technology to help manage seizures and high blood pressure, as well as tracker technology to keep vulnerable residents safe while offering peace of mind to family members.
Reducing feelings of social isolation and loneliness were also high on the agenda at the event as attendees were provided with new ideas to work hand in hand with current care packages, including the use of Skype, as well as apps for resident’s phone or tablets to manage anxiety and help them set achievable goals.
Cllr Bill Soane said, “We are very lucky here in Wokingham Borough to have a TEC team dedicated to helping our vulnerable residents to maintain their independence through the support of technological advances”.
Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services said, “With technology evolving, our new TEC service allows us to stay at the forefront of the latest advances in digital and electronic devices that can be used to support residents and their carers in a wide variety of ways.
“Our team provides specialist and high quality assessment and support to increase TEC usage across Adult Social Care (ASC) and partner organisation, delivering savings in long term care and support, while continuing to provide enhanced quality of life for our vulnerable adults, helping their care to feel less intrusive and supporting them to feel more independent and empowered.”
The TEC service has been developed as part of Wokingham Borough’s Better Care Fund Programme which aims to provide an integrated health and care services to allow vulnerable adults within the Borough to be placed at the centre of their care and support.
“Optalis has always embraced innovation and technology and we understand the valuable contribution it can make in delivering meaningful outcomes and solutions for both our customers and our teams” said Katrina Reeves, Lead TEC practitioner at Optalis. “We were delighted to be working with Wokingham Borough Council and to be able to showcase our Technology Enabled Care at the recent launch event. We look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on so many people's lives."