Residents of Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire may be entitled to a free trial of the award winning SMaRT Messenger assistive technology system.
Rushcliffe Health Partnership is trialling the service, which provides personalised support in the home through TV messaging. Participants are invited to take part in a free pilot scheme for up to 6 months - saving almost £140 on the usual cost of the service.
The system is ideal for people who want to be supported in their own homes. Because it works through the TV, it’s especially useful for those who aren’t familiar with other technology like smartphones and tablets.
SMaRT Messenger sends wellbeing checks, reminders and other information directly to the TV screen, and there’s a simple remote control for responding. Unique among assistive technology products, family and friends can also get involved by sending messages and photos to their loved one through a free app and website. If users need extra support, they can request a phone call at any time just by pressing the “green button”.
Developed by Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) to promote health and wellbeing by keeping people connected, SMaRT Messenger recently scooped the Technology Award at the prestigious 3rd Sector Care Awards.
The service is managed by NCHA’s 24/7 SMaRT Team, who will create a personalised support plan for each participant, install the system and provide training.
Rushcliffe Health Partnership - a collective of agencies from across the borough which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of residents - is funding the pilot through its “Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures Fund”.
If you or someone you know is interested in taking part, please contact SMaRT on 03330 000320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.