A pioneering new smart care system has been trialled successfully at a care home in Stirling.
Clever Cogs technology, which can be installed in various compatible touch screen devices, influences everything from the ability to open curtains and switch on TVs, to ordering shopping and ensuring a constant connection with family, friends and carers.
It also provides extra security with features that allow users to see who it is at their door before they open it, as well as ‘alert’ and ‘help’ buttons which can connect residents to members of staff in seconds via the video link system.
Care services provider, Blackwood recently held the successful live trials of the new technology at its Broom Court care home in Stirling.
During this first trial, each resident had a personal communication device, tailored specially to their needs, installed in their room for each of them to use and familiarise themselves with.
Each resident, in time, will also be able to personalise their devices to reflect all of their own requirements and interests.
One of the main benefits is allowing residents to be able to view care takers online rotas so they always know who to expect and are constantly up-to-date with any changes.
They also benefit from the added extras the hi-tech system offers, from enabling them to receive updates on their favourite football team to being able to wind down at night with a movie.
Colin Foskett, Head of Innovation at Blackwood, said: “Our smart technology is one of the most exciting and innovative projects we have worked on to date. By putting our customers at the centre of the design process we are shaping a technology enabled care system that will improve people’s independence and help them control how their own care is delivered.
“When we first spoke to customers to gauge their thoughts, we discovered a massive interest from those seeking a more technical system but most were worried they wouldn’t be able to work it.
“However, our residents at Broom Court were able to pick up how to use the hi-tech system with ease thanks to our colleagues’ guidance and help.
“Following on from the success of the Stirling trials, we are now reaching out to even more of our customers by trialling the smart system in Dundee,” he added.