Technology helping people to live independently

Posted on: 22 February 2016

Technology is playing an increasingly important role in helping growing numbers of people to live longer in their own homes, says Devon County Council.

Many people though are simply unaware of the vast range of technologies available on the market, which could greatly enhance their quality of life.

And many care providers – care home owners, personal care providers, day centre providers – may also not be aware how new technologies could be helping their business, as well as the people they support, the Council says.

The Council has organised an event in Cullompton on Tuesday 1 March, to give care providers and the public the chance to meet some of the country’s leading manufacturers of assistive technology, and to put some of their equipment to the test.

Technology on show will include equipment that allows the user to automatically control their immediate surrounding, by changing television channels, opening and closing curtains, amongst other functions. There will be specialist devices that have been adapted for people with disabilities or impairments. A GPS tracking watch to give accurate locations via text message, and be tracked on line. And memory aids for people who need help remembering key information.

There will also be a range of technology for care providers to help them run their businesses efficiently.

Manufacturers of ‘myhomehelper‘, an award winning memory aid for people with people living with dementia, will be among other experts there. Reviews say that the product reduces anxiety and isolation, gives peace of mind, reassurance and confidence to family and carers.

The Director of the company, Kevin Marsch says:

“Technology is increasingly being viewed as part of the solution to providing better care for people. The recent rapid growth of mobile technology in particular is providing major opportunities within health and social care.

“Events such as this help raise awareness that exciting new technologies, like myhomehelper, are out there and available now.”

Councillor Stuart Barker, the Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for adult social care, said:

Cllr Stuart Barker“We’re planning to spend more this year on support to elderly and vulnerable people, many of whom are living in their own homes and no doubt many who may not know that there are technologies available that could improve their quality of life.”

The Assistive Technology event on Tuesday 1 March is at the Cullompton Community Centre, between 9am and 4pm.

Members of the public are invited to attend.

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