Assisted living technology (ALT) is used as part of a range of services that help people maintain independence.
The increase in people using ALT means that employers and staff need to be more aware of what types of ALT is available and how it can be used. Just as technology has become part of everyday life, the use of ALT has also become more acceptable and established.
If you’re a commissioner you might be interested in our online resources for commissioning assisted living technology and assisted living services below.
What are assisted living technologies (ALT)?
By assisted living technologies (ALT) we mean:
Telecare - the use of technology, including monitors and sensors, to promote independent living and support to people in need of care to live longer at home, in homely environments and in their communities. This may include returning home after a period of illness. It can include both simple and more complex systems and equipment.
Digital participation services - to educate, entertain and stimulate social interaction to enrich the lives of people in need of social support
Wellness Services - to encourage people to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle, to prevent or delay the need for support.
The collection of these services is referred to as assisted living services (ALS). You can read more about their role in social care in the introduction of the framework.
1 Adapted from Lewin D, Adshead S, Glennon B et al (2010) Assisted living technologies for older and disabled people in 2030. London: Plum Consulting.
What is Electronic Assistive Technology (eAT)?
There is increasing use of Electronic Assistive Technology (eAT) and services which rely on remote or virtual monitoring known as ‘telecare’ to help people’s well-being and encourage independence. This technology can include a range of different applications to perform simple tasks such as closing curtains.
To help with this, we published ‘Technology to Care: A Workforce Learning Strategy to Embed Electronic Assistive Technology (eAT) in Social Care’.
This suite of training resources has been designed to embed eAT in social care.
The resources provide recommendations, information and guidance for developing the knowledge, skills and confidence of the workforce. Visit www.technologytocare.org.uk.
Choosing the right technology
The assistedliving app will guide you on how to find out more about what ALT is, how to choose the right sort, allow you to view specific types and learn more about our ALT framework. It’s available to download free from the App Store.
Learning and development framework
If you commission, design or deliver workforce development, this framework will help.
It focusses on tasks related to specific job roles and the associated knowledge and skills to supply an effective assisted living service. It’s designed to support and guide and gives you a complete overview of where ALT products might sit within your service.
The document is quite large so we recommend you navigate to each section of the framework using the links below:
Section 1 Readiness stage – your organisation
Section 2 Customer flow analysis – your customers
Section 3 Workforce analysis
Section 4 Learning design and delivery stage – your development
Section 5 Checking stage – your success
To download the individual appendices please click on the links below:
Appendix A - glossary
Appendix B - Resource directory
Appendix C - Tasks, knowledge and skills analysis
Appendix D - Using the role exemplar
Role examplar templates (Appendices)
E1 - Awareness raising and training
E2 - Brokerage
E3 - Care and support planning
E4 - Installing equipment
E5 - Specialist assessor
E6 - Undertake reviews
Download the full ALT L&D framework (154 pages).
Commissioning Assisting Living Technology
Skills for Care has produced three resources to support people across the social care and health system who have responsibility for commissioning assisted living technology (ALT) and assisted living services (ALS). These are:
- a commissioners guide
- a research report
- an impact assessment toolkit.
The tools provide a summary of commissioning models, good practice and challenges facing commissioners, as well as a discussion of workforce development issues and a guide to assessing the impact of ALT. They are all available by clicking the following link cat.skillsforcare.org.uk.
You might also be interested in our Commissioning Now development programme.
Learn from Others is an online resource which shares good practice stories – including those involved in delivering Assisted Living Technology. The free to use resource incorporates written and video case studies, as well as signposting employers to other related resources.