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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.

During the Covid-19 crisis and where staffing levels are limited, technology can play a key role in helping to maintain people’s independence and safety, as well as helping people to stay in touch with family and friends.

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These can help you control items around you, like the TV or the lights, remotely using a tablet device, a specialist controller or switches. They come in a variety of formats and connect via infrared, Bluetooth or radio signal.

This is a special type of pillow which is more breathable and reduces the risk of suffocation if the person has a seizure in bed.

There are different types of sensors that pick up different types of seizures. There are wrist worn ones and bed sensors. Both types will alert someone if the person has a seizure. Some are supported by pagers or Lifeline phones and some are supported by mobile apps.

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

These sensors are placed on the floor and will alert if they detect water on the floor to warn of a potential flood

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.

Home activity monitoring systems consist of sensor-based tools that monitor movement using a combination of PIR movement, door and temperature sensors.

The hob will turn off when the pan is removed and reduces the risk of scalding.

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.

Uses health and safety sensors around the house to call for help when needed. For example when you press your panic button or when the flood sensor is activated. These can be programmed to contact a call-centre or a person of your choice.