County Council in U.K. Produces Interactive Guide to Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology, Europe, August 19 2020

UNITED KINGDOM: Hertfordshire County Council has produced a visual guide to demonstrate how assistive technology can be used inside and outside the home to aid independent living.

Graphic of a house and a car

The interactive guide allows the user to click on different parts of a ‘technology house’ to view examples of devices and solutions that can be installed or worn.

Examples include a flood detector in the bathroom, a chair occupancy sensor in the lounge and a fire safety stove guard in the kitchen.

Outside the home, the guide demonstrates how devices can detect falls, sense the opening and closing of a front door and alert carers in an emergency.

On publishing the guide, the council explained how technology has the power to transform many aspects of daily life.

“Some items are designed to stand alone. Others can link directly to a carer or family member or are connected to a team of trained advisors in a monitoring centre who will ensure appropriate support is provided, giving peace of mind to residents and their family and carers,” the council said.

“Many people would like to plan ahead to maintain their own independence. The webpage guides to reliable sources where you can find out what would meet individual requirements and where these could be obtained. Assistive technology might also be provided in some cases, following an assessment.”

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