Students from Scott College are part of a project looking at using smart speakers in care homes.
The group were invited to attend the EPIC project event in Liskeard by Professor Ray Jones looking at how smart speakers could be used to provide reminders for treatment or medication or as a means of video communication with healthcare practitioners, family and friends.
The students have prepared materials to explain to care home residents how to use the system including information about how the care homes could find it useful including setting Alexa up as a diary, reminders and for recreational use.
“The students have now become Digital Health Champions and were given six Echo Spots to take home and practice with before starting to use them with the care homes,” explained Health and Scoial Care teacher Mrs Carlson.”We will shortly be allocated care homes and the students will be supporting them by making regular contact as well as the initial set-up.”
It is the second part of the Epic project which students have taken part in – in January they went to Plymouth University for a session called Innovations For a Long and Healthy Life.
It was all-day event which considered how technologies can help support eyesight, hearing, dental requirements, mobility and mental and social wellbeing for a healthy older age.Apply