Technology-enabled care (TEC) helped Hampshire County Council save £3.4 million in social care costs last year, the local authority has revealed.
Mark Allen, head of Digitally Enabled Care at the council, said that more than a third (39%) of TEC users avoided an increase in their package of care or an admission to hospital in 2019/20.
As reported in AMP’s sister publication, Home Care Insight, this led to a saving of £3.4m, when all TEC services costs were accounted for.
“These TEC service users were much more self-reliant and were not using invasive and more complex services that would normally be put in place,” Allen said during the Innovation and Independent Living webinar, which took place earlier this month.
Allen added that the savings figure is “quite a conservative estimate” as it disregards people who are self-funding their care.
“We were very clear that those people were not going to contribute to the savings that we made, so those individuals were disregarded in this process. Equally, we put in place some formulas that enabled us to disregard a proportion of the savings that we would have claimed because of the people who would be partially funded,” he explained.
Hampshire CC works in partnership with Argenti to offer care technology to everyone who lives in the county.
Its solutions include a wearable GPS device to give carers and loved ones peace of mind that the service user is not at home; a ‘lifeline unit’ and pendent from Tunstall Healthcare, featuring an SOS button that alerts a 24/7 monitoring centre; a wireless smoke detector; and a device that detects slips, trips and falls.