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Living Well with Technology

18 May 2016

Essex County Council has collaborated with Healthwatch Essex to put together a web page to explain how technology can help.

Essex residents to improve and manage their fitness and health, meaning that they can carry on living at home longer.

Residents in Essex want to stay living independently in their own homes as long as possible, but often have to consider residential care when frailty or health conditions mean they can’t look after themselves well and stay safe.

Many of us wouldn’t consider ourselves to be completely technology savvy, but by using our mobile phone and laptops we can access help and support to do everyday things we might struggle with.

There’s advice and tips about using technology to help in the home such as:

  • How to use social media;
  • Things to help keep you safe and to let others know you’re safe;
  • Reading and hearing aids;
  • Technology for fitness and health; and
  • Alternative ways to watch TV.

Councillor David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, tested out the site for himself and said ‘Residents tell me they just want to get on with their lives, but when they need a bit more help to continue doing this, they don’t always know where to find the right information or support.

The Living Well Essex website is full of useful content specifically to give people the confidence and knowledge to carry on being independent and to make more informed decisions about their support and care.

Alex Campbell, a local Essex resident said, ‘As a wheelchair user, when I recently moved home, there were so many things I couldn’t do for myself. I was totally reliant on my care team for support, yet I wanted to be as independent as possible in areas I could.

Now I am settled in and helping my network of friends in similar circumstances, I have found the Living Well Essex site so useful in helping me & linking to other providers of services. It’s a great site and well worth saving to your favourites!‘

For those who can’t or don’t use a website, people can call Healthwatch Essex Information Service on 0300 500 1895 and one of their staff will talk through what’s on offer and where to get help and support.