New resources created to support social services professionals
Tunstall Healthcare has announced its latest collaboration with ADASS, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services. The two organisations are working together to develop a Carers’ guide to “Technology Enabled Care Services”.
The Carers’ guide is being developed to support the Care Act Guidance, and will include a review of the technology available and how it can support carers. The Guide will also contain real life case studies of technology enabled care services (TECS) in action in various scenarios, and help and advice for carers when choosing solutions.
Tunstall and ADASS have been working in partnership for many years, and have a track record of producing important resources for social care professionals. In 2014 the Better Care Technology Survey gave a national picture of telecare services for the first time, revealing that 70% of Directors of Adult Social Services believe that older people will be the greatest beneficiaries of assistive technology. In the same year Developing a series of metrics for telecare – Improving quality and outcomes was launched by the ADASS Standards and Performance policy network, providing commissioners with a series of useful metrics to help local authorities monitor their progress in supporting their local population using TECS.
In addition, ADASS has just distributed their call for “Better Care Technology” evidence, an online survey which has been sent out to all members to gain an understanding of the current evidence base, gather new evidence, share best practice and help to build a bank of web resources.
While at the event, Tunstall will be showcasing its new Oysta Pearl+, a mobile device available to both professional and family carers that provides cost effective telecare support outside the home. Featuring SOS alarms, location monitoring and speed dial keys the highly flexible Pearl+ can improve outcomes in a variety of care situations, providing personalised support to people with learning disabilities, dementia and a range of long-term conditions.
Kevin Alderson, UK Sales and Marketing Director said “Tunstall has had a long and successful partnership with ADASS, and we continue to work together to develop tools and resources to help redefine the options for supporting people as they age. Our future focus is on service integration to deliver more for less, and developing the concept of the connected home to provide person-centred care.”