How can technology support independent living and domiciliary care environments?

Ask Cornwall

eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall (EPIC) has secured another three years’ European Regional Development Funding, supported by a range of delivery partners to continue the project until April 2023.

EPIC is fuelled by the ideas of those who would benefit from using technology for health and wellbeing, sharing these with local business who can develop these ideas into truly useful technological solutions rooted in real-life need.

Adhering to government advice in relation to COVID-19, we will not be hosting face-to-face workshops for this phase of the project, as originally planned.

Instead, we would like to introduce you to a platform called ‘Ask Cornwall’, an online community that allows you to create an account, make useful connections and share ideas for better health and care in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

Everyone is welcome to join, from any profession – if you use health or care services, or have ideas on how we can help improve using technology, we want to hear from you. The EPIC team has planned a series of workshops, hosted online, via Zoom, to discuss the ideas and considerations that have stemmed from the initial Ask Cornwall discussions and to move towards the creation of a working group to champion the use of voice technology in health and care.

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Keeping people happy and healthy in their own homes is important, as people can experience better health and wellbeing by maintaining their independence.

Some individuals may need extra support to help them stay at home, to alleviate concerns related to advancing age, sensory or mobility difficulties, or long-term health conditions.

There are several commercially available products which have the potential to help, including:

  • Smart speakers which are particularly useful for those experiencing visual impairment or dexterity complications
  • Smart home products including intelligent door bells and heating systems to manage everyday tasks
  • Medication management devices to remind, prompt and sometimes even dispense, like Pillo
  • Video call technology; this could be telepresence systems from Genie, or Kubi, which can be used with your messenger service choice, to simpler versions like Facebook portal. These could help health and care professionals stay in contact and monitor individuals, if needed.
  • Humanoid robots, like Pepper and Stevie, can be used for a wider range of tasks including companionship, and with the use of sensors can provide perceptive functions, that can read moods or detect obstacles, particularly useful for telepresence monitoring.

This session will be lead by Lloyd Taylor, EPIC Research Associate. Please register your place via the Eventbrite webpage* to express your interest for this online event.

Please note that this event is available to book online through Eventbrite. Eventbrite is a third-party data capture tool which is not owned or managed by the University of Plymouth. Information about how your data is treated can be found on Eventbrite’s Privacy Policy webpage. If you wish to attend this event but do not want to use Eventbrite to book your place, please contact

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