Assisted living technology

Assisted living technology (ALT) is used as part of a range of services that help people maintain independence and improve outcomes.  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.  By embracing this sort of technology we can empower people to own their own care and transform the way we plan and deliver services.

Developing your workforce

Our learning and development framework aims to guide and support those involved in the commissioning, design or delivery of workforce development to understand and plan how ALT can be utilised and the workforce skilled to use it. You can navigate to sections of the framework in the section below. 

A guide to assistive aids and technology

This guide is a resource for a range of people such as carers, staff, service users, managers and commissioners. It's been written to aid the use and development of ALT and assistive aids, enabling continual professional development in the sector. It was funded by the Skills for Care Workforce Development Innovation Fund, and produced by Plymouth City Council.

Commissioning ALT

If you’re a commissioner you might be interested in our online resources for commissioning assisted living technology and assisted living services below.  

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.

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:

Framework introduction
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 exemplar 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)

Our Endorsement finds and badges learning providers who we see as the best. They provide high quality learning and development to the social care sector.

You can search for our endorsed providers in our online directory.

Funding towards the cost of qualifications may be available from our Workforce Development Fund.

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.