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North Yorkshire Assistive Technology team recognised for helping service user

A little over a year ago North Yorkshire County Council commissioned NRS Healthcare to provide a county-wide assistive technology service.

Assistive technology is provided to help people live at home more independently and potentially for longer than may otherwise be possible. It provides reassurance to service users and carers that someone will be alerted should the user require assistance. Devices include GPS trackers, fall detectors, epilepsy monitors, and buttons that can be pressed if the user needs assistance.

Tim is one person who is benefiting from the Assistive technology provided by NRS Healthcare. Tim moved into The Cuttings, an extra care development in Harrogate earlier on in the year.

Tim likes to get out and about with his dog, Daisy, but he can be affected by short-term memory loss following a serious accident several years ago. This has caused him to be lost on a couple of occasions so, to improve his confidence and independence, he now wears a GPS tracker on his wrist, which looks like a conventional watch.

The GPS tracker can be monitored by staff in The Cuttings, which means Tim and Daisy can be easily contacted when they are out, if need be. It has greatly restored Tim’s confidence and his ability to go out walking, shopping and to the local pub to enjoy a quiz night with friends he has made at The Cuttings.

County Councilor Michael Harrison, executive member for adult social care and health integration, said:

“The County Council has been providing assistive technology services for people living in North Yorkshire for several years. We have recently appointed NRS Healthcare to manage the whole process across the county, providing a single, joined up service from referral, assessment, installation and servicing. Just as importantly, we wanted a strategic partner to help us to turn assistive technology into a core part of the health and social care services we deliver.”

For further information please see North Yorkshire assistive technology