Work is set to get under way to create a new £2.1m technology hub to support some of Leeds’s most vulnerable residents.
Builders will start work turning a disused building into a new Assistive Technology Hub, at New Dock, to create a base for council staff to keep residents safe in their homes.
The hub, which will house the council’s blue badge assessment facilities, will also be the home of the authority’s state-of-the-art Telecare service.
The system allows older or vulnerable residents to live safely and independently at home by monitoring them 24 hours a day using sensors and alarms.
Sensors will detect falls and emergencies and then alert staff at the hub.
It can also include a bogus caller alert system, which allows vulnerable residents to alert the team if they are concerned about someone who knocks at their door.
Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said: “Living independently in their own homes is something more and more of our older residents, as well as those with physical or learning disabilities, are telling us they want to do for as long as they possibly can.
“We’re keen to do everything we can to ensure they can do that safely.
“This Assistive Technology Hub will be a one-stop centre which will give our residents access to more personalised services as well as greater choice and control.
“This is another great example of the council giving disused buildings a new lease of life.”