East Lothian Council

'Velkommen' to Danish visitors

Published Thursday 26th April 12

Provost Sheena Richardson and Aage Stenz, Chair of Randers Municipality Health Care and Elderly Committee

Study group from Randers municipality visit East Lothian

East Lothian Council welcomed a group of 12 politicians and civil servants who were on a study tour from Randers, in central Denmark. The group spent two full days with East Lothian Council discovering how the council supports older people to lead independent lives within their own homes.

The Danish visitors were given a tour of the council's Call Centre in Macmerry and heard how the personal alarm system for older people operates. They also had a tour of a Telecare House where there was demonstrations of various examples of modern technology that have been designed for people who wish to remain in their own home but may need extra support to help them to live safely. Examples include gas, fire, carbon monoxide and heat sensitive alarms, flood detectors for kitchens and bathrooms, equipment that detects falls or a lack of movement, automatic medication dispensers, sensors that detect people leaving the property at unusual times - useful for those with dementia prone to wandering and personal emergency alarms.

Murray Leys. Head of Adult Social Care, said:

"We were asked by the Danish Cultural Institute in Edinburgh, to arrange a visit by members of the Health Care and Elderly Committee in Randers. The committee's responsibilities include practical assistance and care for the elderly, including home nursing and welfare technology. They also provide a home food service, similar to meals on wheels and old peoples' homes, day centres and assisted living facilities. We were able to detail our current services and also the proposed changes developed as part of the East Lothian Older People's Strategy. The Danish social care system shares many similarities to ours and it was gratifying to hear how impressed they were about both our current services and the plans for the future." 

The municipality of Randers is very similar in size to East Lothian with a population around 94,000. The area is also seeing a rise in population including a substantial increase in older people who may require supportive care.


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