Home Instead Tavistock and Tamar Valley on BBC Click

For a long time, we have championed the use of technology in a home care setting, and we were delighted to see one of our franchise offices show it in action on BBC show, Click.

Home Instead Tavistock and Tamar Valley was featured on the popular technology programme, demonstrating how subtle home monitoring sensors have helped one of their clients, Eileen. Her family wanted to establish her movements and eating and drinking patterns day-to-day, particularly since Eileen lives with Alzheimer’s - a disease that can cause forgetfulness when it comes to staying fed and watered.

Home Aware, provided by Anthropos, quickly flagged to Eileen’s family that she wasn’t drinking and eating enough. The sensors on the kettle and fridge showed that they weren’t being used as often as they should. Lynn Roddy, owner of Home Instead Tavistock and Tamar Valley, discussed the data with Eileen’s family and adapted the care plan to ensure that she drinks more. As you can see in the programme, Lynn works with Eileen’s family on an ongoing basis to review the data and check if there are any causes for concern, which Home Instead can alleviate.

It’s great to see Eileen act as an advocate for Home Aware. In the programme she reassures viewers that the sensors are so subtle that it’s easy to forget that they’re around. Eileen appreciates what the technology does for her without it giving the impression she’s being watched.

Lynn Roddy says, “Our mantra is very much ‘high tech, high touch’ – what we mean by this is that we view technology as a support feature and not a replacement for care delivered in-person. Technology will never replace the work of our wonderful CAREGivers but it can really support and bring peace of mind to families in the hours caregivers are not with clients.”

View the episode of Click here.