Press Release: Homes for Healthy Ageing
21st November 2022
TENDERTEC PARTNERS WITH BRIGHTON UNIVERSITY AND BRIGHTON & HOVE CITY COUNCIL TO SUPPORT AND SHINE A LIGHT ON THE CONTRIBUTION OF UNPAID CARERS.
Connected Places Catapult’s Homes for Healthy Ageing programme has given Tendertec the opportunity to roll out their AI-powered care assistant platform, Hestia, to help carers have better caring journeys.
Brighton & Hove City Council’s ambition is for everyone in Brighton & Hove to be able to age well and live independently thanks to services and knowledge that connect them with their communities. 80% of care in the UK is provided by unpaid carers. According to Carers UK’s 2022 State of Caring Report, many carers have poor physical and mental health, but are not always receiving the support they need. 41% of them have not taken a break in the last year and of that a 26% of unpaid carers hadn’t tried to take a break because they felt it was too difficult. However, 51% of the unpaid carers that participated in Carers UK’s survey said that being able to take a break would help them feel less lonely. Lastly, when asked how anxious they’ve been feeling, unpaid carers rated this as 5.1, higher than the UK average of 3.2.
As part of Connected Places Catapult’s Homes for Healthy Ageing programme, the University of Brighton and Brighton & Hove City Council are delivering a testbed to trial solutions that can support unpaid carers with the challenges they face, to improve their wellbeing and resilience.
“We are delighted to offer Tendertec the opportunity to trial their innovative solution in the Brighton & Hove testbed with local unpaid carers and the people they care for. Real-world testing opportunities like this are a fantastic way for innovators to collaborate with end users to bring meaningful and impactful solutions to the healthy ageing market.” Clémence Martin-Beaumont, Living Lab design manager, Connected Places Catapult
Tendertec’s mission is to build new tools to support better connections between carers and their loved ones, enabling people to age well and care well in place. As part of the testbed, Tendertec will focus their care assistant platform, Hestia, on supporting unpaid carers to better manage the burden of caring, as well as enabling them to deliver preventive care to their loved ones.
Hestia’s unique insights will also shine a light on the daily journeys of unpaid carers to support the Council’s and University’s efforts in mapping the unpaid carers’ contribution and the impact caring has on their lives and wellbeing.