ALONE charity launches smart home tech for older people in Galway

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The charity ALONE launched a new programme of smart home technology in Galway this week, to keep older people connected to essential services.

ALONE, which is committed to helping older people to live independently at home, has launched a pilot programme for its BConnect smart home technology.

The goal is to install this tech in 60 homes in Galway, Mayo, and Roscommon to keep older people connected to services that will help them monitor their health, and feel secure.

Galway East TD Seán Canney attended the pilot programme’s launch at the Portershed.

He said that it’s hoped that the success of this pilot scheme will see this technology rolled out on a wider scale.

The BConnect programme’s smart home tech includes a personal alarm, motion, temperature, and door sensors in the home which will throw up an alert if they get worrying, and the BWell app that comes with a daily seven-question wellness test.

This new project is being funded by €169,365 from the Dormant Accounts Fund which was distributed by Seán Canney as Minister of State in the Department for Rural and Community Development.

It is being carried out in partnership with St Vincent de Paul West region and Clúid Housing.