Leeds DS

The Leeds Deployment Site (DS)’ purpose of providing technical, economic, scheduling and operational descriptions of a IoT solution deployed in the elderly users’ home  that cover different aspects of their daily activities at home.

Reference Use Cases:

RUC 1 – Daily Activity monitoring

RUC 4 – Emergency trigger

RUC 7 – Prevention of social isolation

Resilience actions during COVID-19
The assistance and follow up protocol were adapted to telework. Engagement of the users were supported sending out notification with government advise and calling users on phone. The final data collection were done by phone.

Socio-demographic distribution

Service benefits

The Leeds local experiment aims to assess the improvement in physical wellbeing of participants, improved sense of safety in the home, decrease social isolation  and increase physical activity in participants. The analysis focused on the treatment effects of the different RUCs. Using the EQ5D3L, the CDC-HRQoL14 and the SF-36 questionnaire at baseline and final for the users that finalize the experiment.

About a 42% of the participants could improve their QoL by 20% during the experiment period and their health mental in an average of the 5%.

Service acceptance

Service acceptance was measured using a validated questionnaire UTAUT. In addition to this a set of questions were done to assess the system performance, the acceptability, and success of the project.

The 61% of the participants indicates a satisfactory performance of the system.

Cost effectiveness

Leeds DS aims to improve and make sustainable in the future for current services: Assisted Living Leeds, TeleCare Service with Assisted Living Leeds 24hr call centre, Carers Leeds – support service for people with a caring responsibility and Neighbourhood Networks – Long running (20 years) local service aiming to reduce spending on social care.

Value propagation has a base requirement for devices. The system complements, but not replaced the current services, so no cost savings were realised and the number of referrals to TC services has been not reduced. Therefore, the high rates of satisfaction increment the service quality and reduce the career workload.

Service sustainability

Samsung having been working with Leeds City Council to increase the number of trial users as a contingency Shropshire Council was approached. Around 25% of residents in Shropshire are 65 or over. The council had recently completed a pilot project with the University of Chester in the village of Broseley. Called the Broseley Project, the pilot scheme involved setting up the equipment to monitor certain information about the volunteer, with things like step count, heart rate and battery usage. The project was to show that the council could utilise high street equipment rather than expensive multiple bespoke devices to give them information about a volunteer so that it could eventually support them and their carers/families, etc. to stay in their own homes for longer.

In addition, there is a collaboration with the Shropshire Council to roll out ACTIVAGE. assistive technology in Shropshire in the expand and grow phase of the project. At the time of writing ACTIVAGE for Shropshire has 234 users, 116 elderly and 118 informal carers.