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'Alexa' could be used to tackle loneliness in Cornwall

The Echo Spot could help lonely people keep in touch with loved ones. Credit: Amazon

People who are at risk of being socially isolated could soon have an Amazon Echo Spot installed in their home to help them communicate with a loved one more easily.

Cornwall Council has won a grant to help develop schemes that use technology to combat a range of issues, such as social isolation, falls and frailty.

The technology could be used for making video calls, setting reminders, and accessing Cornwall Link, the Age UK information portal.

Cornwall Council faces huge challenges to deliver care services with limited and stretched resources as well as responding to people’s changing expectations of public services.

Technology Enabled Care is a key way to address these challenges and it will be exciting to see how these projects take shape.

– Cllr Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council
Echo Spots could help transform the lives of people in care homes. Credit: PA

The EPIC Project (eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) has also won funding to use the devices in care homes to improve the well-being of residents. The Project Director says they could be used to play music from different eras to help people living with dementia.

There is great potential in keeping care home residents connected to family, friends, and befrienders using devices such as Echo Spot.

Such devices can also stimulate and help with reminiscence through music. We aim to get these installed in the majority of care homes across Cornwall.

– Ray Jones, EPIC Project Director