#OTalk 23rd June 2020: TECS – button ‘n’ box and beyond

This weeks host is: Deb Knowles (@Debbieduckie). Here’s what she has to say on this week’s topic:

Technology Enabled Care: beyond button and box

I’m an occupational therapist working in Technology Enabled Care/Assistive Technology, commissioned to a county council to provide a service for reablement and those with long term needs (Care Act,2014). We use traditional telecare equipment with falls detectors, pendants, smoke and CO either as standalone or monitored services through a call centre – service users either provide their own responders or we have a response service. We use a strengths and assessment based, outcomes focussed approach and have access to a contact list of equipment and can source special equipment to meet identified needs.

 

As part of our commitment to prevent, delay, reduce services we consider equipment beyond the original scope of traditional telecare eg: artificial intelligence, activity monitoring and app based technology.

 

Here are some of the questions she’d like to discuss:

 

  1. What is your experience of TECS/AT?

 

  1. How can traditional telecare be used more innovatively?

 

  1. Considering TECS as an upstream intervention, what outcomes would you like to see being met?

 

  1. How do you see new technology eg Alexa supporting prevent, delay and reduce?

 

  1. What technology would you like to see in the future to support meaningful occupation?

 

 

 

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