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Cash boost for Telecare programme

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The system helps older people remain independent in their own homes

Hundreds more older and vulnerable people in Edinburgh are to benefit from electronic aids in their own homes thanks to a council cash boost.

The city council said it would be spending £1m on its Telecare programme, which is to be extended across Edinburgh.

The system uses electronic sensors and gadgets to help people remain independent in their own homes.

It helps reduce the need for long-term care or hospital admission.

The system includes sensors which will switch off cookers if they have been left on accidentally and then alert the care team.

The increased funding is also likely to be used in supporting domestic abuse sufferers.

Victims would be able to have a pack installed which would alert the police and record any incident should a violent ex-partner turn up on their doorstep.

A total of 1,000 new Telecare packages are likely to be installed in Edinburgh, in addition to the 700 which have already been put in place since 2006.

The council has spent an average of £400,000-a-year on Telecare over the past three years.

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