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East Thames makes the cut for the UK Housing Awards 2017

 

We’re pleased to announce that East Thames has been shortlisted for its outstanding approach to digital inclusion in the UK Housing Awards.

Organised by Inside Housing in association with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), The UK Housing Awards are widely recognised as the leading awards in the sector and serve to highlight the organisations, individuals and projects that are leading the way in affordable housing.

Last year East Thames was highly commended for its sales and marketing approach in the 'Best Marketing Campaign' category and was shortlisted for the Best Small Development category for Mayfield in Waltham Forest. 

East Thames has been nominated for its work with Alcove to provide older residents with on assistive technology devices . Not only has the introduction of this technology reduced the cost of the service for local authority partners,  but has also helped our older residents maintain their independence and stay in their homes longer. 

The technology works by installing small, discreet sensor devices in the home, which allows for care workers and family members to receive alerts on their phones if something out of the ordinary occurs. The sensors can be used to:

  • Check if people are taking their medication.
  • Ensure people are eating and drinking enough.
  • Send help quickly if people fall. 
  • Ensure rooms are not too cold or hot.
  • Monitor staff attendance and support.

Other devices include lights that switch on automatically to prevent people from falling and devices that automatically switch off on a timer to prevent fires. 

As part of the initiative, residents have been given new smart watches, meaning they can call for help at the press of a button. The smart watches send medication and other reminders. Tablets have also been provided,, featuring photograph icons of family members, so that residents can easily make contact with loved ones. . 

Since introducing this technology, we have:

  • prevented a number of serious injuries for many of our older residents 
  • passed significant savings on to our local authority partners
  • upskilled staff to use digital tools