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Call for evidence launched to examine how smart tech can enhance independent living

Sentai is a British technology start-up using AI to help the elderly live more independently for longer in their own homes while providing support for their remote caregivers

Cross-party think tank Policy Connect has launched a public call for evidence to examine how smart home technologies can be used by disabled and older people to enhance independent living.

The organisation’s Smart Homes and Independent Living Commission will produce a policy report, based on the evidence received, with recommendations for policy makers, care organisations and the technology sector on how technology can help people pursue their aspirations, interests and preferred lifestyles.

The call for evidence will look into adult social care commissioning policies and practices; using the Disabled Facilities Grant to access technology; health and social care services delivery and workforce development; the role of local and national government in shaping the market; and coproducing products and services with disabled and older people.

Chaired by the former leader of Kent County Council Sir Paul Carter CBE and supported by Liz Twist MP and other voices in social care and technology, the Commission’s aim is to ensure that disabled and older people can make use of smart home technology to lead healthy, independent and socially rewarding domestic lives.

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The deadline for this call for evidence is October 20, 2021. 

The Commission is sponsored by Bournemouth University and Coventry University.

Caption: Image courtesy of Sentai.

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