Today the coronavirus pandemic is placing great strain on UK Social care and will mean a future with even greater pressure and potentially fewer resources.
We have an innovative solution to facilitate independent living for longer, thereby lowering home care and care home costs across the UK.
LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
With 50 million people diagnosed worldwide, it’s likely you know someone living with dementia. You could be a family member, a neighbour, a friend, or a carer. Sadly, dementia doesn’t just rob a person’s memory; it steals their independence and creates dependency.
Dementia also turns the home into a hazard. The ability to cook is a major concern for all those who struggle with memory loss. People with dementia can forget to turn the hob off after cooking, or that they have turned it on to cook initially, but more worrying is they are distracted and forget they have turned the hob on to cook a meal.
Caring for someone with dementia or other memory issues demands tough decisions and often the choice is between safety and independence. Sometimes, the best (or most practical) option is to move that person out of their home, or employ a full-time carer to move in.
INTRODUCING THE HOB ANGEL®.
The Hob Angel® can significantly reduce risk of fires
Hob Angel® is a highly practical home safety device designed to significantly reduce the risk of fires, smoke inhalation and hospitalisation.
The Hob Angel® in the kitchen
Bringing together advanced technologies and state-of-the-art circuitry, the patented Hob Angel® is simple yet incredibly effective. It will automatically turn off power to the hob if an audible alarm is not acknowledged after the cooker has been on for a certain period of time. We have purposefully made the start button large and yellow – as this is scientifically proven to be one of the last colours those with visual impairments see as they lose their sight.
Deceptively simple design for ease of use
The simple, wall-mounted control has been carefully designed and tested to ensure it is easy to use by those with Alzheimer’s, other dementias and multiple sclerosis.
The Hob Angel® can be set to automatic (or controlled manually by a carer via smartphone). It’s flexible and useful, with plenty of options for people who may be dependent on others for care.
Hob Angel® has been designed with the cooperation of fire and rescue services as well as the Scottish Dementia Working Group and recognised for the extra safety and peace of mind it could bring to memory-challenged patients still living at home, and the people who care for them.
Easing pressure on local authorities
By providing vulnerable people with the tools they need to remain independent, the Hob Angel® hopes to alleviate the pressure placed on local authorities.
In 2017/2018, fire and rescue services in the UK attended 37,740 dwelling fires. Home Office statistics show that nearly half of accidental house fires were caused by cooking appliances.
Safer, more cost-effective independent living
Hob Angel® was created to make it easier for older people and those with degenerative illnesses to maintain their independence, in their own homes.
Last year, care home fees rose by 5% - the biggest jump in a decade. Today, the average cost of a residential home is £651 per week, or £33,852 per year. The Hob Angel® makes homes safer, allowing those with dementia and other vulnerabilities to stay in their own homes instead.
With your support, we will donate the Hob Angel® to more than 2,000 homes in the UK – allowing those people to stay at home longer, live safely and independently while reducing preventable fire brigade call outs by 10%. To do this we need to raise £250,000 to manufacture and fully CE* test the first batch of Hob Angel® units.
* A CE mark on a product serves as a declaration to the authorities that the product complies with all valid European regulations and has undergone the specified conformity-assessment procedures.
Units donated to those most at risk
Liaising with the Fire and Rescue Service, Local Authorities, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Scotland, Alzheimer’s Association and members of other charities i.e. MS Society, an independent panel will ensure the Hob Angel® units go to those in most need and who are unable to purchase a unit themselves.
They will receive this life changing safety device, at no cost to them or their families.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The Hob Angel® is the brainchild of Cathy Gladwin, the founder of Jordan Shaw Ltd, a Scottish company based in Alloa.
“It all began because of chip pan fires. I was a secretary at a loss adjustment company and I was forever hearing about chip pan fires that would cause an awful lot of damage. I thought that there must be some way of making a hob safe.”
"The Hob Angel® will help pensioners stay in their homes longer and out of care homes, which is what the NHS wants to see. Even with the cost of home monitoring equipment, keeping someone in their own homes is still much cheaper than the cost of care homes. And if we can reduce the number of fire brigade call outs by just 10 per cent that would save a massive amount of money."
Caring through innovation
Highly practical: The Hob Angel® is designed for ease of use. It has a simple interface for use by the vulnerable person or their carer. Its external design was created through discussions with people who have dementia so we know it is ‘dementia-friendly’
Flexible: Changes to the timings can be made with the use of a smart phone. This includes isolating the cooker unless the smart phone is nearby to activate it. Thus if you have to go out to work, you can do so knowing your loved one cannot operate the hob while you are not there to supervise them.
Reliable: The unit automatically cuts power to an electric cooker after a predetermined amount of time after sounding an audible alarm.
Peace of mind: The Hob Angel® has the ability to save lives, keep vulnerable people safe and independent for longer, and provides peace of mind to worried families across the country.
Can someone else control the Hob Angel® ?
Yes. The unit can be controlled by family, carers or landlords via a smart phone app.
Will Hob Angel® work with an existing cooker?
Yes. Hob Angel® will work with any electric cooker. Please note however, when fitted to a cooker the whole unit will be affected.
The average cost to renovate a home after a fire is increasing. The Hob Angel® can help reduce the risk of fire and keep families and homes safer while also helping local authorities, parents, carers, tenants and those living with dementia.
It is ideal for use in assisted and supported living facilities, rental homes and private accommodation.
Where is the Hob Angel® suitable for?
- Private houses and flats
- Student accommodation
- Assisted living and supportive living
- Short-term and long-term rental homes
What does each unit cost?
There is no cost for those receiving a unit. An independent panel will determine where the units are sent so they can be of most help. Families receiving a unit will not be charged.
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE FUNDS RAISED?
We need to raise £250,000. This money will be used to manufacture and fully CE test the first production run of Hob Angel® units. Once approved, 2,000 units will then be donated to those in need. If more than £250,000 is raised, further Hob Angel® units will be made and donated.
Because of high up-front costs and 2,000 being the minimum number of units that can be cost-effectively produced, we will not be able to manufacture any Hob Angel® units unless the full £250,000 is raised.