Cross Keys Homes has partnered with Tunstall to deploy an innovative, scalable communications system as part of its new Extra Care facility in Peterborough.

The announcement marks the first installation of Tunstall’s Communicall Vi, which is designed to enhance care delivery and help residents maintain their independence in a supported living environment.

Due to open in summer 2014, the £9.9m new facility at the Coneygree Road site in Peterborough, will offer retirement and sheltered housing that has been designed to provide older residents with fully managed on-site support.

Commenting on the partnership, Claire Higgins, Director of Operations at Cross Keys Homes, said: “Peterborough is seeing a continued growth in the city’s older population, which means demand for care is set to grow. We were keen to address this by building on our Lifeline community alarm service, which provides residents with 24-hour support from our monitoring centre as well as developing a state-of-the art extra care scheme that enables people to remain independent in their home for as long as they want to…

“The new Extra Care scheme will allow us to extend our services further with the provision of accommodation that takes into account the specific needs of each person living there. With Tunstall’s Communicall Vi, we have the latest technology available to us, providing a flexible service that offers safety and security for residents and offering managers information that helps them deliver effective, high quality care as well as a range of preventative services that support great health and well-being.”

Cross Keys Homes recently became one of the few housing associations to be fully accredited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the regulatory body for all health and social care services in England.

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