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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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A specialist toilet seat or unit which supports people to use the toilet independently, giving assistance with cleaning after toileting.

These can be used with most electrical items to make them switch accessible. They can then be controlled using large buttons that can be pressed easily. This means a person with limited movement could still turn their lamp or TV on and off when they choose.

Tablet devices have a variety of different uses and capabilities, come in many different models and are available at a variety of different prices.

Not knowing what the time is, either due to a visual impairment or being unable to tell the time at all, can be frustrating and, in some cases, can cause behaviour that challenges.

This works like a standard microwave but tells you what buttons have been pressed – e.g. ‘door open’. It also allows you to programme favourite meals and cooking times.

Talking photo albums allow you to attach a voice recording to each page, which can be played back at the press of a button. They can be used in a variety of ways, such as communication aids, memory books and prompting or sequencing aids.

Can alert someone via the Lifeline phone or a page when there is a risk, such as smoke, carbon monoxide, heat or gas, or when a door is opened.

Devices which can support someone to know how long to brush their teeth for. These can also be used for other activities.

Simply touch the lamp to turn it on and off

See and speak to who’s at the door before you choose to open it