Find out more about the roll out of an embedded telecare system within Lancashire council in England which led to an annual saving of more than £1.8million in social care provision.
Nov 1, 2018
The health and social care system is facing enormous challenges, as people are living longer often with more complex care needs and health conditions. It is essential to find new approaches that enable more efficient and effective care, and support people to live independently.
Lancashire County Council’s increased use of telecare has supported the development of new service delivery models that enable more people to live independently at home or in their local community with better outcomes.
The overall vision for the service is to ‘ensure more people benefit from the use of telecare, so they increase or maintain their independence, stay safe and continue living at home’.
The service is free to those eligible under the Care Act 2014 and is now being used by 8,458 (31st May 2018) people to help maintain independence and safety, with approximately 350 referrals being received each month.
In addition to working closely with health and social care colleagues, Tunstall and Progress Housing Group have also established excellent links with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and the Prison Service, Lancashire Wellbeing and other community-based teams that support the delivery of the service. Programmes of work are continuously being updated and developed to increase the scope of the service.