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Hi-tech homes to enable independent living for longer

The Huntleigh Research Institute has launched a project aimed at providing hi-tech homes for the elderly.

3 December 2002

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As part of the project, ten homes were packed with sensors linked to a base station where the welfare of elderly residents could be monitored unobtrusively.

The long-term goal of the institute is to develop technology systems that can improve social and health care for vulnerable people outside of hospital.

"Enabling elderly people to stay home for as long as possible is an important goal for modern healthcare," said Bill Jamieson, business services director at Huntleigh Healthcare, which is providing £400,000 to fund the project.

"The new products that we are planning will complement our existing community healthcare systems and services, enabling us to help many more people to stay at home safely," he added.



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