Assistive Technology to play a greater role in supporting people in Warwickshire

A commitment to give people in Warwickshire better access to Assistive Technology – equipment and services that can help them stay safe and healthy and to remain independent – has been made by Warwickshire County Council.

The County Council has set out its intentions to improve the range of ‘self-help’, smart technology and associated services that people can get access to, so they can stay independent for longer.

Assistive Technology – examples of which range from door sensors to ‘lifeline’ buttons to smartphone apps – can help people to reduce their reliance on friends, family and professional carers, and can delay or prevent their need to leave their own home to go into residential or nursing care.

The County Council is working with partners in health, the county’s District and Borough Councils, the third sector and independent providers of Assistive Technology across Coventry and Warwickshire to develop a joined up approach to promoting the items and services that are available and make them more accessible.

The Council’s first focus is to ensure that people in our communities can easily understand technology-based support, and to increase the ways in which they can access this support.

Pilot projects are already up and running to test out Assistive Technology products and assess their benefits.

In the north of the county, the Reablement North team helped run a successful pilot focusing on hydration, which saw 29 products distributed to 22 people, including the ‘Ulla’ smart hydration reminder, ‘Hand Steady Mug’ and ‘Membrabel 2’ day clock with reminders ~ resulting in many successful applications of how Assistive Technology can be used and its benefits.

Download our Assistive Technology Statement of Intent: WCBT Assistive Technology Statement of Intent

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