Introduction to the pilot

The pilot in Milton Keynes focuses on community-based care and specifically on the mitigation of social isolation and support of independent living at home.

Description

Objective

The objective of the MK pilot is two-fold. Firstly, in collaboration with the Woughton Community Council we aim to develop, test and pilot solutions for supporting the coordination of the community caregivers and volunteers, addressing requests concerning activities of daily living, from the adult population, but also all member of the community in need. Secondly, the pilot will focus on supporting independent living at home of the adult population using a combination of smart technologies (i.e. app and wearable), a robot for home assistance and remote presence of caregivers and family members.

Target population

The pilot of Milton Keynes is open to all of the population living in the area. 

Technologies to be used

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch
  • Samsung ActiveAge App for early detection and risk assessment related to social isolation
  • Tiago PAL Robot
  • Spirocco’s App for the Coordination of Local Caregivers and Volunteers

Expected impact

We expect to support the outreach of Woughton Community Council’s activities to more people in need and to be able to provide a scalable solution to replicate the same community-based approach in other areas of Milton Keynes and in the UK.  

Ongoing activities

Currently, the activities of the Milton Keynes pilot concern the development of the technologies for the support of the community care and the development of the robot home assistant. In the next months, we will start experimenting with these technologies and search for a first batch of participants in the role of both caregivers and caretakers.

Pilot site team

The pilot is the result of the collaborative effort between the Open University team, the Woughton Community Council and of Samsung UK.

Contact

Milton Keynes pilot contact email

Milton Keynes pilot website

Milton Keynes pilot twitter account