Scottish Charity Awards – Simon Community Scotland: Carezapp

Delighted to see this ‘demonstrating digital’ project shortlisted as a finalist for the Scottish Charity Awards (Awards event: Friday 25th September 2020). Now in its 14th year, the Scottish Charity Awards highlight the best, most innovative and effective charity organisations and individuals from the past year, and celebrate those who make a difference in our communities.

Simon Community Scotland’s life saving digital health solution is the first of its kind in the UK and alerts staff when someone is overdosing. Following an increase in deaths from drug overdoses at their services the team worked with service users and partners to develop a system using radar and mattress sensors to monitor vital signs, and there have been no deaths since the project started.

This solution was designed and developed by the team here at carezapp in collaboration with Simon Community Scotland staff and service users. It utilises our technology enabled support system for care in homes and communities. Integrating some novel non-contact technologies within service user rooms to delivered 24/7-year-round monitoring of activity, respiratory and resting heart rate.

Simon Community Scotland’s digital health solution alerts staff when someone is overdosing. It’s saving lives and is the first of its kind in the UK. Over the last five years, the team noticed increases in deaths from drug overdoses and wanted to do something to prevent this. Working with service users, many of whom had lost someone through drug overdose, and partners, the team developed a sensor system using radar and mattress sensors to monitor vital signs. No one has died since the project began – the technology has the capacity to save lives but the process of implementation has also changed lives.

You can vote for Simon Community Scotland as the People’s Choice Award for Charity of the Year – Voting closes 5 pm on Friday 4 September 2020.


It started with a Tweet!

Simon Community Scotland

A lovely wee back story to the development of this solution. It did actually started with a tweet, a shout out on Twitter (Jan’19) from Simon Community Scotland. It was brought to our attention by a team member of an existing customer @ Cornerstone, thanks, Andrew 😉

The team at Simon Community Scotland and Hugh Hill, Director of Services selected a carezapp proposed solution and the service went live in Dec ’19.


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