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Telecare providers help older people live independent lives

Gary Baillie

Three telecare providers have partnered with the Scottish government to help older people live independent lives.

The collaborative initiative is led by the government’s Technology Enabled Care Programme.

Telecare provider, Bield, launched its ‘Inspire’ trial project under the scheme in partnership with Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership, and Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership.

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During the trial, 50 customers using the BR24 alarm receiving centre service in both Midlothian and Inverclyde will be called per week for up to 45 minutes to try out the preventative approach.

BIeld hope the Inspire Project will help its customers live more independently, while empowering people to build connections in their local communities via referral routes and support.

The BR24 service is connected to more than 40,000 individual alarms across the country, providing a 24 hour ‘peace-of-mind’ service for on call care and support to both its customers as well as dozens of other housing organisations and bodies across Scotland.

Gary Baillie, Project Manager of the Inspire Project at Bield, (pictured) said: “Inspire will help us further advance and streamline our already functioning BR24 service.

“We hope the trial will develop the service offering whilst reducing the number of situations that result in emergencies and if identified sooner could have had a different outcome.

“This really is an exciting time for us at Bield. After successfully transitioning through a test of change with analogue to digital with TEC Scotland and two of our Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCP), we enter our next partnership to further test the possibilities for housing and care in this ever changing world.”

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