Dedicated team makes telecare a mainstream response to social care needs

Pagers, monitored smoke detectors, sensors and recordings of familiar voices are all being used to help people live independently for longer in Hull

writes Louise Eastwood

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By Louise Eastwood

While many local authorities decided to diversify staff responsibilities to encompass telecare within existing services, Hull Council decided that in order to maximise support for residents in a way that did not compromise ongoing social care, it would create a dedicated telecare team to offer help and guidance to residents, carers and service providers 24 hours a day.Hull is home to a population of 265,000; 14% are over 65 and nearly 29% have a long-term illness or disability.

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