Fold Housing Association
Technology Strategy Board
About the project
The extra care housing model is highly successful in providing care and support for older people, those with long-term health conditions and people with disabilities. The VIRTEx project (virtual extra care service) studied the potential for extending the extra care model to build a virtual community of connected carers and cared-for people.
The development of new and innovative health and IT services could help reduce social isolation, encourage activities and social interaction, and keep people in touch with each other – including health and social care professionals.
Sheffield worked with users to identify requirements and produce a specification for the system and then evaluated a prototype system with users. Five main user requirement themes were identified:
Personalisation of services
The VIRTEx project was supported by the Technology Strategy Board under the Assisted Living Innovation Platform (ALIP).