Try doing it differently – gadgets to help you live your life
A special showcase of some of the latest gadgets to support people needing care at home takes place next week in Telford.
The event, organised by Telford & Wrekin Council, will show carers, care clients and providers of social care how these new devices can help vulnerable people to live more independently in their own home.
The free Assistive Technology event takes place next Wednesday 17 September at the Southwater One building in Telford Town Centre from 10am – 3pm.
Latest technology on display will include bed sensors that will alert if someone gets out of bed, lifeline services which is a simple way of getting help in case of an accident or emergency in the home, to a “magi plug” that enables water to drain from the bath or sink if it becomes overfilled by accident.
Twelve companies will be on hand to show off their latest devices and information about how people can obtain the equipment.
Anyone is welcome at the event to see the range of equipment that is available – whether you’re a care client who thinks that a piece of equipment could help around the home or a carer, neighbour or family member looking after a vulnerable person who lives at home.
Representatives from the Senior Citizen’s Forum and Independent Living Centre and Telford & Wrekin staff will also be on hand with advice and guidance on how assistive technology can help people needing care to continue to live in their homes.
Councillor Arnold England, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “The Council’s adult social care budget is under huge pressure due to cuts in Government grant and has to cut what we spend on care.
“Around 80p in every £1 of adult social care spend is on providing care for clients and we simply cannot continue to fund this as we have done.
“We must find new ways to help people continue to live independently in their own home because that is where most people want to be.
“These new gadgets can help deliver care much more efficiently and ensure that clients can continue to live in their own homes. So whether you’re a client, their carer or family or work in the care industry, please come and see what is possible – I think you’ll be surprised.”