A big concern for learning disabled people and their families is isolation. People often worry that implementing technological solutions will mean the human touch is lost – if Hft can monitor you remotely, surely this will mean that you may see even fewer people throughout the day?
In fact, the reverse is true.
Getting the right technology in the right place might mean that support worker hours don’t have to be used up on a sleep-in, for example, meaning you could use those hours on supported employment, or to go swimming, leading to a more fulfilled life.
At Hft, we have invested in a team of experienced Personalised Technology Coordinators, who are skilled in assessing for, implementing and installing a wide range of technological solutions for you. Every member of the team has a strong background in supporting learning disability services and an in-depth knowledge of both mainstream and specialist technologies, both high and low tech.
When it comes to putting Personalised Technology in place, you are always at the centre of the process.
- We carry out an initial needs-led assessment with you and recommend technology solutions that will meet your individual needs.
- Our team work with staff teams and you to install and implement solutions based around your support needs – we look at your goals, the barriers you face, keeping you safe, and living as independently as possible.
- We follow the principles of the Mental Capacity Act which means that, wherever possible, we gain your consent for the implementation of Personalised Technology solutions. If you’re unable to provide consent, the Best Interests process will be used.
- Our implementation process also looks at funding for technology, health and safety checks and processes, guidelines and documentation.
The most important thing is that our implementation process is ongoing. We regularly review and, where necessary, adapt the technology solutions in place to make sure we continue to meet your changing needs.
Personalised Technology only really benefits you if you understand how it works, its purpose and the benefits of using it.
At Hft we’ve developed specialist PT training courses to make sure everyone understands PT and how it can enhance your life.
This includes our general PT awareness training, as well as bespoke training for services based on specific needs.
To find out how Hft can support you with PT, click here.