It uses secure web-based technologies to enable everyone in an individual’s Circle of Care to stay connected, so that person, their family, friends and carers, can easily stay in touch and access the information, services and support they need, when they need them. For example the web platform includes a co-ordination tool to help family and friends, volunteers, and public social care providers better provide and monitor support for the person at the centre of the circle.
Circles of Care was launched by Digital Services for Care(DISC) in Cornwall in 2012. It is being trialled in two rural areas where social isolation can be high, public transport difficult, and distances between relatives long, with the support of Torbay and Southern Devon Care Trust and Cornwall’s Dementia Friendly Communities programme. It is hoped that in the future the web platform will also include a timebanking element and the service with also be available on mobiles and interactive TVs.