Technology event was a huge success
Posted on: 3 March 2016
An event to raise people’s awareness of assistive technology has proven a huge success, according to organisers.
The event, run by Devon County Council to raise awareness of technologies available to help people live independently, was well attended by local care providers, and members of the public.
Technology plays a growing role in helping people to live longer in their own homes, but the Council is concerned that many are unaware of how it can be used to greatly enhance their quality of life.
They also believe that care providers may also be unaware of how new technologies can help their business, as well as the people they support.
They invited care providers and the public to attend the event at Cullompton Community Centre, which provided an opportunity to meet 16 manufacturers of assistive technology from across the UK.
Among the showcase were manufacturers of the latest in GPS mobile technologies, benefiting anyone living with dementia or learning disabilities, or others at risk of falls.
There was a manufacturer of technology that uses music and the spoken messages to prompt people with dementia to eat and drink regularly.
And there was a manufacturer of a system, designed for people with cognitive disabilities to help them with every day tasks, such as making a cup of tea.
There was also a wide range of technology aimed at care providers to help them run their businesses efficiently.
Speaking at the event, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for adult social care, Cllr Stuart Barker, said not only is new technology helping people to live independently their own homes, it’s also playing a vital role in helping care providers to run their businesses more efficiently.
“Today’s event has been really successful,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of care providers come and talk to us about assistive technology. More and more people have become aware of some of the technologies available and what it can do and how it can help support their businesses, and importantly how it can support people at home to live independently for longer.”