NEARLY £70m is set to be invested in care technology over the next 10 years to support the growing number of elderly people and younger adults with disabilities in Hampshire.
Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for adult social care and health, approved the investment of up to £67m in a new technology-enabled care contract to start in December at her decision day.
She said: “This is a significant funding decision by the county council, underlining our commitment to using technology to support vulnerable adults, both young and old, and our confidence in the improved quality of life it brings for those who need help.
“Over the next few years, as demand for support grows, we are aiming to increase the number of county council adult social care clients benefiting from the use of care technology from the current 9,600 per year to more than 14,000.”
As part of the new contract, a ‘private pay’ service will also be launched which will enable adults who do not qualify for adult social care support to buy the wide range of proven care technology now available to the county council’s social care clients.
Third parties, including other local authorities and NHS partners, will also be able to buy technology-enabled care services from Hampshire.
Through its current partnership, Hampshire County Council is recognised as an industry leader in the use of technology in adult social care, both nationally and internationally.
This has been demonstrated most recently through its ‘world first’ trial of the use of Amazon’s Alexa voice-activated technology to support adults with physical disabilities to continue living independently in their own homes.