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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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Smart plugs and sockets use Wi-Fi networks in the home to enable someone to control electrical appliances using an app on their smart device eg a smart phone, tablet device or smart speaker.

Mainstream, voice-activated devices that link to the internet and can allow you to remotely control a wide variety of tasks and items – including home appliances, such as lighting, heating and music, services such as online shopping, browsing the web and making calls to friends and family.

Smart lighting enables someone to control the lights in their home using an app on their smart device eg a smart phone, tablet device or smart speaker.

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, as well as other types of switches such as head switches and blow switches. This means a person with limited movement could still turn their lamp or TV on […]

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 pager when there is a risk, such as smoke, carbon monoxide, heat or gas, or when a door is opened.