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Groundbreaking FitHome Development Welcomes Its First Tenants

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The first tenants of the ‘FitHome’ village in Dalmore, Alness, have been welcomed. The Saltire Award-winning concept that unites the priorities of healthcare, housing provision and tenant welfare was delivered by Albyn Housing Society, in partnership with Carbon Dynamic and NHS Highland.

As a concept, the ‘FitHome’ aims to help people live safe, well and independently in their communities for longer by using cutting edge data-gathering technology and Artificial Intelligence to help detect the onset of ill health and potentially even prevent episodes such as falls.

New tenant, 19 year old Dylan Bogue who lives with muscular dystrophy said:  “This will be a life-changing concept for some individuals, including me, and importantly their extended families. Nobody will have to worry about their elderly relatives, or younger relatives for that matter, being on their own if they fall or have an accident. Most importantly, residents can stay in their home, in the community that they have grown with for as long as they feel able to.”

The project has received support and official endorsement from Highland MSP Maree Todd. At a recent parliamentary event she spoke of the project saying: “This project is an exemplary showcase of innovation coming out of the Highlands that demonstrates how cross-sectoral working in areas such as housing, health, care, construction, education and training can lead to pioneering new approaches that keep Scotland at the leading edge.”

The project concepts have been supported by a Scottish Government housing grant, funding from the Inverness and Highland City–Region Deal and finance from Triodos Bank, Europes’s leading sustainable bank that only funds projects that create positive social, cultural or environmental value.

“Scottish innovations are globally renowned and the FitHome is a gigantic leap forward in social care. At Triodos, we work to make sure that projects like this get the funding and financial support they need to have a positive impact on the local community. The FitHome is a game-changer when it comes to helping people live independent and inclusive lives,” said Graeme Galloway, Relationship Manager at Triodos Bank UK.

The Data Lab – the Scottish Innovation Centre charged with generating economic, social and scientific value from big data – is also supporting the project by funding research into predicting falls, which is being led by Professor Susan Craw, an Artificial Intelligence expert at Robert Gordon University.

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