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Tech grants available for retirement village operators

Retirement village operators are eligible to apply for grants of £75,000 to test the use of technology in independent living.

The funding is part of the Technology for our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (TAPPI) project – led by the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (Housing LIN), the TEC Services Association (TSA) and funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust – which is calling for ‘care-ready’ digital infrastructure to be woven into the fabric of all new and retrofitted homes, right from design stage.

The aim is to build an evidence base that influences housing providers, designers and architects, technology suppliers, and procurement professionals (both health and social care providers and consumers, particularly older people who are living independently and not drawing on social care).

Applicant organisations would ideally be from a mix of urban and rural settings, two-tier and unitary authorities, and organisations (both third sector and private sector).

The first phase of TAPPI concluded in 2021, examining current practice and then setting out ten practical principles for using technology in housing and care for older people. The second phase will trial the use of these principles in people’s homes over a 12 – 15 month period to assess pros and cons of digital services in people’s homes.

For further details on how to apply, visit: https://dunhillmedical.org.uk/apply-for-funding/ 

The closing date for applications is 16 May 2022.

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