Date lodged: 14 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding the number of vulnerable people who do not have a community alarm.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 22 January 2019
This information is not currently collected by the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government's Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme recognise that more people in Scotland could benefit from the use of telecare services (including community alarms) and are currently supporting the scale up in the uptake of these services.
In 2016, the TEC programme commissioned Deloitte to undertake a telecare feasibility study. It found that, among other findings, there is scope for Local Government to increase the current uptake of telecare from the current 20% (August 2017) of over 75 year olds to around 33% and highlighted the potential benefits this could bring - https://sctt.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Telecare-Feasibility-Study-Report-FINAL.pdf