A Pinner couple is helping vulnerable people to have a more independent and better quality of life by providing free Amazon Echo devices.
Jag and Ajit Singh have set up a charitable project called We Care UK. In providing voice-activated Amazon Echos, patients with Parkinson’s, dementia and Alzheimer’s no longer have to “fiddle around” with small, tricky-to-control devices.
The project is entirely self-funded, with doctor Ajit paying for the devices and Jag carrying out installation and talk-through sessions with carers. So far, more than 150 Echos have been provided.
Jag said: “The Echo acts as a live-in 24/7 carer, giving reminders to take your medication, eat lunch, make sure the cooker is off, and that the front door is locked. It also allows you to call out to the Echo to get help if you fall, even if you are 20 feet away.
“Lastly, it acts as a social friend, allowing you to get radio stations, music, the news, and it even tells jokes. The Echo is multicultural and has a language translator which has proven helpful in interacting with non-English speaking residents.”
The Singhs have worked with a variety of organisations such as Harrow Carers and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. Now, they are teaming up with TLC Care, a nursing group which has homes in Pinner and the surrounding areas, to continue helping those in need.
To find out more about We Care UK, contact Jag at email@example.com