T: 023 8086 4500 | M: 075 4532 5209 | E: dharrison100@aol.com

T: 023 8086 4500
M: 075 4532 5209
E: dharrison100@aol.com

Councillor Davod Harrison

Will Echo Herald Isolation?


I attended a briefing on the future of Adult Social Care at Winchester today.

I listened to an officer extolling the virtues of technology as a means of allowing older people to live independently for longer, in their own homes.

One such development is supplying a bespoke version of the Amazon Echo, which can be used to remind people to take their medicine, drink enough water and suggest good diets, as well as allowing family members to monitor them.

The problem with this is not that the technology will enhance people’s lives, but it may replace the support that they get from home visits.

There can surely be no better service than carers or family regularly visiting, giving the isolated and vulnerable person some human contact, can there?

In the drive to save money, I fear that we may be cutting people off from society, actually contributing to them having a lonely lifestyle.

Not much point living a long time if the quality of life is really poor.

Is this the future we all face?


Sign up to David's latest stories which are delivered to your inbox in the morning. Please note: your details including your email address will not be sold or given to a third party. 
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

Leave a Comment

Search the site

Latest News

Redbridge Causeway - image:geograph.org

Advance Notice : Redbridge Closures

I am sorry about the length of this post but these essential works are going to cause a lot of disruption and it is a good idea to avoid travelling at these times if you can.

Chris Packham

Just Brilliant Chris!

I am a huge admirer of our local celebrity, Chris Packham.

Council Meetings

It is getting embarrassing…..

Imagine you decided to go and watch your local football team play.

Sugar - Heavier Britain

Heavier Britain

Today, I stopped by Morrison’s fuel station, simply to put some petrol in my motorcycle tank.

surgery in the supermarket

MP and the Supermarket Surgery

Full marks to the MP who makes himself available for local people.