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Technology to keep older people in their own homes

A housing association, Housing 21, has developed a house that uses modern technology to demonstrate how the lives of older people suffering from dementia can live independently.

11 July 2000

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The house monitors the behaviour of the occupants and warns them of dangers, such as leaving an oven on. Converting a standard house to a so-called “smart” house costs no more than £10,000 - this compares to an estimated £25,000 per year for sheltered accommodation.

The market for such properties is believed to be significant with over one third of people over 50 living in private homes suffering a long-standing illness that limits their activity.

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