Roadshows to highlight technology's role in home help
More roadshows are to be held in Telford and Wrekin highlighting how technology and devices can help people to continue to live independently in their own home.
This type of support, known as Assistive Technology, is becoming increasingly important as Telford & Wrekin Council’s social care budget comes under increasing pressure due to cuts in Government grant.
People approaching older age are often unaware how assistive technology could help them remain independent and in their own home later in life.
The roadshows follow a successful initiative late last year called AT Home which saw hundreds of people seek more information from the Council.
As a result, the council is organising more events over the next few weeks where staff will be on hand to answer queries from people needing help to live at home or their carers or family.
• Wednesday 16 March, Tesco Madeley, 9.30am–2pm
Figures show that almost half of people aged over 65+ have a limiting long-standing illness that affects them in some way.
In many instances Assistive Technology, used as part of a wider package, can help maintain independence, enabling people to live longer in their own home, helping to avoid moving into specialist housing or a care home in later life.
The AT Home campaign raises awareness of simple technology that is available and to prevent people from relying on increasingly stretched public services, such as this video case study of Mrs Oakley from Telford http://www.athome.uk.com/testimonials-2/
Councillor Arnold England, cabinet member for Adult Social Care, said: “These events provide opportunities to come and talk to the AT Home team to learn how they can help loved ones stay at home and maintain their independence.