Care provider commended by Scottish Government for technology enabled care system
CleverCogs™ is a digitally enhanced care and support system developed by Blackwood.
A housing and care provider has been praised by the Scottish Government for its commitment to digital participation and empowerment.
Blackwood said that a report commissioned by the Scottish Government and carried out by the Carnegie Trust had been “overwhelmingly positive” regarding CleverCogs™ is a digitally enhanced care and support system developed by Blackwood.
Using the handheld device, CleverCogs™ users are able to stay in touch with their carers, family and friends, browse the web and control the utilities, including lights, blinds, doors and heating, in their homes.
The report on the implementation of this innovative system by Blackwood in over 100 of its homes has now been recognised by the Scottish Government, for empowering those with disabilities to live more independently.
Digital Economy Minister Kate Forbes said: “Blackwood’s digital care system, CleverCogs™, demonstrates the great importance and potential of digital participation. As a society, we can learn a lot from CleverCogs™ about embracing change and empowering people.
“From cyber tots through to cyber teens and silver surfers, the Scottish Government believes that, in a society where bad news travels faster than the speed of light, the internet can be used as a tool for good.
“We aspire to have a society where everybody matters, and the internet is used as a social space to exchange ideas, demonstrate mutual respect, promote inclusion and equality and create a healthy environment for interaction.”
CleverCogs™ also has the potential to support the delivery of technology enabled care, with automated medication prompts, handover notes for care staff and an alarm facility.
Tech is also revolutionising the way in which Blackwood delivers services in customers’ homes, too, with the help of its Night Support Service (NSS).
This allows people with a range of disabilities to remotely access care to safely maintain their confidence through the night.
The Edinburgh pilot scheme of the service resulted in an estimated saving of £400,000, with a reduction in the number of GP visits and calls to emergency services.
Simon Fitzpatrick, Strategic Development Director at Blackwood, said: “For many people with disabilities, it’s not that they can’t look after themselves; it’s simply that their set-up at home does not allow them to.
“That’s where this kind of technology can fill a clear void, and we’re making it our business to ensure that our users really benefit from the advantages of innovative new technology.
“Blackwood sees CleverCogs™ as the future of care and support delivery, so it’s fantastic to see the system fuelling important debate and discussion around digital empowerment among Scottish influencers.”
Pictured: Simon Fitzpatrick, Strategic Development Director at Blackwood.