Assisted Living UK Capabilities
Opportunity Report

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Regional Mapping Critieria

The development of new assisted living products and services requires the insight of both care providers and technologists. This is the basis of the Technology Strategy Board funding initiative Assisted Living Innovation Platform (ALIP). Once developed these new products and services can be added to the assisted living virtual catalogue. Of course several other groups besides Technology Strategy Board are funding work in assisted living and this all contributes to the virtual catalogue. On the basis of the foregoing discussion assisted living can then be described as

Assisted Living includes the use of sensor and information and communication technologies to facilitate the remote delivery of health, care and support to people to allow them to live as independently as possible in the lowest intensity care setting consistent with their needs and wishes.’

The key words in this definition are ‘facilitate’ and ‘remote’

  • Facilitate is used because technology does not operate in isolation in a care setting, but in conjunction with a human care provider who can act on the information provided
  • Remote is used to emphasise the key capability of the technology, which is to allow the individual and the care provider to be separated in distance or time, or both, but still to be able to communicate


This capability mapping report covers those assisted living products and services that exploit the “remote” capability. The most important thing here is for health professionals to support people (not patients) in managing their health/conditions and spot a crisis

earlier so that appropriate action can be taken eg adjusting medication.

There are a large number of other products and services that form part of a comprehensive assisted living service such as stair lifts, door entry sensors, informatics systems, diagnostic kits
and physiological monitors, but the key feature, and the advance in care delivery, is that the technology creates a service which links the individual to their carer(s) and vice versa wherever and whenever it’s required.

In this report it is the care outcome that the service or carer delivers and this would be very specific to the individual.

Throughout this study, the most recent information and data have been sourced and, where possible, are presented at County/Unitary  Authority (UA) level. If data is not available at this level of detail, then regional or national data is provided instead.


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