"People shouldn't be frightened of Telecare" - Shire Hall boss
A bid to roll out Telecare to more people in Gloucestershire to keep them safe at home has taken another step forward.
Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet has agreed to start the process of finding a new contractor to take on the running of its Telecare monitoring system.
The contract could be worth up to £630,000 over a maximum of seven years.
Telecare involves sensors being fitted in the homes of the elderly and other vulnerable people which can protect against things like wandering, falls and fires by alerting care services when something goes wrong.
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The council believes expanding the use of Telecare in the county could help it save £5 million a year from its care budgets.
Councillor Andrew Gravells (C, Abbey), cabinet member for older people, said: “This is very important equipment that can give people the assurances they need and the help they need to stay safe at home.
“It also gives carers reassurance which can allow families and relationships to stay together.
“People shouldn’t be frightened of it. It helps people to remain living independently.”