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The Hft Virtual Smarthouse showcases some of the assistive technologies that people may use around their home to improve their independence and quality of life, and increase their safety.

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There is a wide variety of lighting and equipment that can help to support people’s sensory needs and make experiences more enjoyable, for example bathing. Shower-proof music devices, bluetooth speakers, swings and tactile objects can help support people’s sensory needs.

There is a wide variety of lighting and equipment that can help to support people’s sensory needs and make experiences more enjoyable, for example bathing. Shower-proof music devices, bluetooth speakers, swings and tactile objects can help support people’s sensory needs.

Set yourself a reminder, for example to take your keys when you leave the house.

This is a pager which links to any telecare health or safety sensor (such as a flood sensor or a panic button). It is used to a alert a carer that someone may need support or there is an issue.

There are a wide variety of communication aids available. From single-message buttons, to electronic word boards and more complex solutions that can be controlled by eye movement.

Finding your way around in poor lighting can be tricky and pose a safety risk, particularly for those with mobility issues.

A lockable box, which can be opened with a code. This allows a key to be safely stored outside the building, in case of an emergency, you forget your keys or carers need to access the home.

A wearable device which can alert if the person has fallen. They can alert via a Lifeline phone or pager.

These come in a variety of forms and mean that the person carrying the device can be located via GPS, if they are lost or need help. Some have SOS buttons and two-way speech facilities for people to get help when needed. They can be linked to a call-centre or a person of your choice.

There are many different types of easy mobile phones, from simple smartphones to those with fewer, large buttons. Some also have an SOS function, whilst others have picture-dialing