A care community in Newcastle is using new technology to alert staff of elderly residents who are suffering from the lack of cheap energy, reports 24dash.com.
Your Homes Newcastle's Community Care Alarm Service (CCAS) has become part of a new scheme started by energy supplier nPower, called Health Through Warmth. The scheme involves installing alarms in the homes of selected elderly residents which issue an alert if the temperature drops below a certain level. Wardens respond to alerts by delivering temporary heaters to return the temperature to a safe figure.
Allyson McLeod Hardy, CCAS telecare and response services co-ordinator, told the website: "In addition to keeping people safe with our telecare sensors and response services, the advice and information given by Health Through Warmth could bring real health benefits to people whilst helping to meet rising costs."
The alarms are monitored 24 hours a day and are prioritised for residents over the age of 80 or those with serious medical conditions or mobility issues.
CCAS also offers advice on how to pursue domestic energy efficiency in order to access cheap energy.
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