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Cash available for telecare devices

Devices costing £4 million will help provide "telecare" for older people in Scotland wanting to stay in their own homes.

The technology will be made available by the 32 councils receiving the government cash.

Scottish public health minister Shona Robison has said every local health board and council partnership will get £120,000 this year or next year.

As they require to commit at least the same amount of cash as they receive from the government, potentially £8 million plus could be spent on the devices - such as vibrating "rumble" pillows to alert those with hearing problems if there is a fire alarm and electronic reminders for people to take medication.

A total of £16 million was invested in telecare technology since 2006, with 25,800 older people having benefited.

Ms Robison said: "Investing in telecare is vital if we are to remain ahead of the game in meeting the needs of our growing older population. Telecare can help older people remain independent in their own homes - something we must explore further if we are to rise to the challenges we face."

The public health minister recently warned Scotland's care bill could rise to £8 billion in just over two decades unless changes were made.

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