Home   News   Article

South Kesteven investigates hi-tech homes


South Kesteven District Council is to explore how technology may allow the elderly remain independent for longer.

Cabinet Member Nick Neilson said he was attending an event in London this week which would showcase technologies like voice or motion activated systems that could keep vulnerable and elderly people safe, by calling in for support if they detect something is wrong.

People, he told Tuesday’s meeting of communities wellbeing overview and scrutiny committee, did not want to live in traditional care homes, but they want ‘care’ services which the internet or other technologies could provide.

Coun Neilson told the meeting that SKDC is looking at providing “some kind of sheltered housing” but it has to scope and identify the needs first.

“We can incorporate them (technologies) into accomodation. It would be our ambition to provide something.”

He also told members he would report back to them on the technological possibilities.

SKDC assistant director of housing Harry Rai told the meeting: “We need to embrace assistive technology. We want to promote as much independence as possible and remove as much need as we can to go into care homes.”

Mr Rai also said SKDC is working with Lincolnshire County County on a strategic needs assessment. He cited the prospect of ‘extra care’ properties that still allow independent living.

Coun Jacky Smith asked for homes to be ‘living homes’ so they can be easily adapted and last a lifetime, such as a wide door for wheelchair access. Strategic director Tracey Blackwell said council housing already has such disabled-friendly features. nnn


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More