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New health website to benefit Lichfield and Burntwood patients

A new website will allow health care professions to recommend gadgets that can help people in Lichfield and Burntwood stay safe in their own home.

Staffordshire Social Care and Health is piloting the product comparison site which professionals use to determine the best technology for individuals, using their personal budgets.

It will be the first time such a scheme has been used in the UK. A spokesperson explained how even the simplest of aids can help:

“Assistive technology helps people to maintain their independence by living in their own home for as long as possible. For example, a pill dispenser could act as a memory aid for someone with dementia, or could help someone with poor dexterity to take their medication.”

County Councillor Matthew Ellis (Cons, Lichfield Rural East), Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing, added:

“Staffordshire Cares is our new strategy to help people stay more independent and live as normal a life as possible as their personal health circumstances change. The fact that Staffordshire is pioneering in the use of this technology really underpins that work.

“We know that local residents are embracing the range of devices on the market with over 950 people receiving some sort of assistive technology through Staffordshire Social Care and Health in 2009/10. That’s an impressive increase of 33 per cent on the previous year.

“This is all about helping local people to live their life as they choose to and for most people that means living in their own home. This sort of technology can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual person and can fit really nicely into their lifestyle.”

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