MP visits private provider to see the “life-saving” benefits that TEC delivers
Private provider of personal alarm services Taking Care has opened its doors to a local MP to demonstrate the benefits of technology-enabled care (TEC) in keeping older adults safe in the homes they love for longer.
Taking Care was visited by Simon Jupp, MP for East Devon, on Friday 11 February.
Simon came to see how the company supported older adults with emergency alarms, fall detectors and smart home monitors throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.
During his visit, Simon saw a range of technologies that have been designed to address the needs of people as they age, including the company’s “innovative” Taking Care Anywhere package, which automatically detects falls and allows people to get 24/7 help from anywhere in the UK.
Taking Care also presented its latest smart home devices that use monitored home sensors to help carers and family members identify and predict problems, ensuring their loved one is safe even when family and carers can’t be with them.
Simon Jupp, MP for East Devon, commented: “It was a real pleasure to meet with the team at Taking Care and learn about the innovative and life-changing work they do right here in Exeter and East Devon that impacts the lives of thousands across the UK.
“I am proud we have companies like Taking Care leading the way by using pioneering technology and dedicated emergency call responders to provide vulnerable individuals the means to live more confident and independent lives, while also giving their families piece of mind.”
Over the course of his visit, the MP also spent time speaking with the Emergency Response Team to understand more about how Taking Care looks after older adults in the event of an emergency or if they require assistance.
Steve Gates, Managing Director at Taking Care, said: “We were delighted to welcome Simon Jupp MP to Taking Care so that he could meet our Emergency Response Team and see the huge amount of work they do to support older adults in living safely and independently.
“TEC has an ever-increasing potential to play a more important role in health and social care than it currently does.
“The advancing technology, coupled with highly trained response operators, such as our own, allows people to be comfortable and safe in their homes for much longer and decreases hospital discharge times, therefore reducing strain on the NHS.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of TEC to Mr Jupp and to highlight some of the ways TEC is currently underutilised.”
TEC services have played a crucial role throughout the pandemic and beyond in keeping residents safe, independent and connected. These assistive technology services provide reassurance to loved ones that an individual has access to support in the case of an emergency.
A recent report by FarrPoint suggested that extending telecare services to over-75s could save the UK more than £14 billion in the next 10 years.