Cutting edge technologies, designed to transform the lives of older people and their families, were recently showcased at the Assistive Technology Centre Open Day promoting the latest technologies to help local residents live more independently - with the added opportunity for those attending to take technologies away to test themselves at home.
The event, held on Friday 28th July in the Grianan Day Centre in Stornoway, was supported by Gillian Anderson, from the Alzheimer’s Scotland Technology Team, who has designed and is delivering a new national learning programme for all practitioners, delivery partners and front line staff that support people living with dementia and their families and carers.
Marion MacInnes, Alzheimer Scotland Service Manager (Western Isles), said “We were delighted to be involved in this workshop with NHS Western Isles and the Remoage project. There is such a wide range of simple to use accessible products that can make a difference to people living with dementia and their families. It was great to see so many enthusiastic people visit the Assistive Technology Centre and we look forward to continuing and developing partnership work in this area.”
The event encouraged members of the general public to join representatives from health care, community groups, and carer groups at the Assistive Technology Centre to explore the evolving and innovative ways that assistive technology can enhance independence and enable people to enjoy a better quality of life for longer.
Visitors were given a unique glimpse into the future with demonstrations of revolutionary technology including electronic location devices which let carers know if the people they care for have left the room or building, including GPS technology that can locate people who have left the home and become lost or disorientated.; multi-functional doorbells which help people to identify who is at the door, and temperature, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors which can be linked with a number of devices, enabling gas or electricity supplies to be shut off automatically.
Emelin Collier, NHS Western Isles Head of Planning and Development, said “We are now living longer than ever before, but we are not necessarily enjoying a good quality of life in our older years.
“With our ageing population, it is more important than ever that we focus on assistive technologies which can provide vital support and allow greater independence, especially for older people and their families."
The Assistive Technology Centre, located at the Grianan Day Centre in Stornoway, is open to the general public, carers, community groups or those with an interest in telecare health.