everyLIFE announced as a winner at the 2019 Leaders in Care Awards earlier this month following a gala dinner and awards ceremony in Birmingham.
The positive image of care can so be often ignored, but an exhibition at the Care Show at the NEC Birmingham in October revealed the true face of care, the one that should be making headlines.
Clare Drewell, Director & Owner of Care Concern (Homecare) Ltd since 1993 has been inspected many times over the years and, because she is so passionate about delivering the best care that she can to her clients, there are always butterflies. Here she presents her blog about the ‘big day’.
At the end of last year, our whole engineering team took part in a hack day to explore the possibilities of introducing Alexa (Alexa is a virtual assistant developed by Amazon, first used in the Amazon Echo and is the voice you hear answering the questions you ask your Echo) and the Amazon Echo into care as an exercise to better understand the growing needs of the sector. It was a day which separated us from our daily work and allowed us to adopt a different mindset. Apart from the team-building benefits, the hack day helped us to think outside the box and get creative with our thought processes.
Extensive research and investment is being carried out into the use of assistive technologies in social care.
Innovations range from socially assistive technology such as Amazon Alexa and Softbank Robotics’ Pepper robot, which is already being trialled at care facilities in the UK, to a growing array of physically assistive robotic systems.
Loneliness, I think, is something everyone will come into contact with at some point in their lives. Whether it stems from the quality or quantity of our relationships, we can all relate to that ‘subjective, unwelcome feeling of [the] lack or loss of companionship’.