A charity offering a new, independent personalised technology (PT) consultancy service for people with learning disabilities has been awarded its first contract in Bath.

Hft will be providing tailored assessments of approximately 40 people across the city to identify ways that PT can be used to support them to become more independent and gain a greater level of choice and control over their own lives.

The charity has more than 13 years of experience in using technology to help people with learning disabilities live more independent, safe, and healthy lives.  The team was commissioned for its unique expertise by ‘We Care and Repair’ – contractors for the local authority – and the project is being financed by the Department of Health’s Housing and Technology Fund, which aims to help people increase their independence, choice and control, as well as reducing costs.

Over the coming months face to face meetings will be taking place to identify each person’s needs before recommendations are made about which technologies could be used to help improve their lives.  This could range from appliances like easy-to-use kettles and microwaves to safety features like fingerprint locks and door sensors.

Sarah Weston, Innovation Manager for Hft’s personalised technology team, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to share our expertise in using technology to enhance lives.  We listen to the daily challenges people face and identify personalised technology solutions that give them more independence and control – from a special plug that stops a forgotten bath overflowing to a full telecare system that keeps someone safe at home.  It’s all about putting the person at the centre to find the right solution for their needs, promoting greater independence while providing reassurance and peace of mind.”

To find out more about Hft’s personalised technology team go to hft.org.uk/PTservices, email personalisedtechnology@hft.org.uk or call 01174 035 606.

Notes to editors

For further information please contact: Suzanne Fry, PR & Media Manager, on 0117 906 1755 or suzanne.fry@hft.org.uk. For media enquiries outside of office hours please call 0117 906 1697

About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,500 adults with learning disabilities across England to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centered support across all its services.

Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

About WE Care and Repair

WE Care and Repair are a registered Community Benefit Society who help older, disabled, vulnerable people and those on low incomes to remain in the home of their choice by helping them to access trusted help to improve their homes. For more information about WE Care and Repair call 0300 323 0700 or visit www.wecr.org.uk or email: info@wecr.org.uk.