TEC partnership to help shift the conversation about older people from vulnerable to valuable
National technology-enabled care (TEC) services provider Astraline and care consultancy Thoughts Become Things have joined forces to strengthen the services care providers offer in the UK.
This new partnership is putting technology at the heart of care provision to bring services to more people who need support.
According to statistics from the Centre for Ageing Better, there are approximately 12 million people aged 65 and over in the UK, which equates for around 20 percent of the population, and it is estimated that by 2036, one in four will be over 65.
As the number of people aged 65 and over increases, so too does the proportion of the population with long-term health conditions, disability and mobility impairments, placing increased demand on the care sector, Astraline notes.
Thoughts Become Things is a forward-thinking care consultancy, working with leading home care providers in the UK to enable them to attract private clients. It sought assistance from Astraline to support its clients to deliver a technology-driven solution.
Seeking innovative, cost-effective solutions, Astraline introduced a range of technology that enables customers to receive 24-hour care should they need it; this includes personal alarms and activity and passive monitoring sensors, among other smart-tech offerings.
Sue Jones, CEO at Thoughts Become Things, said: “I am passionate about making communities better. We support care businesses to consider how they can improve their services to cater for different needs but also to encourage inclusivity within communities.
“Our new partnership with Astraline has supported many of the care businesses we work with to monitor and maintain the health and wellbeing of their clients. This means more people are able to support themselves within their homes and have the confidence to go about their day.”
TEC is often a life-critical service and Astraline says that research has shown that these services can reduce hospital admissions and discharges, and prevent, or potentially delay, a move into residential care.
Astraline currently supports over 100 organisations in the UK, with 24-hour monitoring services.
Lisa Brumwell, Operations Director at Astraline, commented: “We are working to encourage and adopt a more positive view about ageing and move away from outdated stereotypes. We want to move the conversation about older people from vulnerable to valuable.
“Investing in technology-enabled care, will mean care providers can offer a better-quality service that supports customers to live independently. We are proud to be in partnership with Thoughts Become Things, to support the delivery of technology-enabled care solutions. Our services can be personalised to better fit with an individual’s personal circumstances and enable management teams to deliver efficient care and support.”
Earlier this year, Astraline teamed up with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust to support more elderly and disabled people out in the community. The aim of the new partnership is to free up the ambulance service’s team to be able to respond to life-threatening emergencies while Astraline operators respond to non-emergency calls in the community, where a resident might have had a fall.