Monday 14 October 2013

Let's Play!

If you are a Care Manager, OT or other Social Care professional you may have recommended or prescribed some assistive technology, but have you actually played with it?!

During one lively session a team did just that. We talked about some of the barriers to technology, the challenges in assessing people’s needs and understanding what the technology did, and then they had a play!

They were able to handle the equipment, some of which was live, to see what things were, what they did and how they felt. “So that’s what it looks like!”

Trying an infra red thermometer
They were very interested in comparing pieces of equipment from different suppliers and comments included “why have I been ordering that one when the other one is so much better?”
Comparing enuresis sheets
I prepared activity and information sheets to help people learn more about the features and usage of the equipment, and people shared their stories, concerns and asked lots of interesting (and sometimes challenging) questions!

Information and activity sheets to accompany the equipment
 “A really useful session”

“Makes a change from sitting still and listening!”

“Nice to have a bit of fun while you’re learning”

Please contact me if you would like Telecare / assistive technology training or a ‘play session’ for your staff.

Alternatively, I am providing a half day training session via Sitra and a 2 day training course via the Housing & Support Alliance. Please click on the links to see further details and booking information.

(Thanks to everyone who allowed me to use photos of them!)

Tuesday 11 June 2013

Holly Lodge - the finished development

On 17th April 2013, Holly Lodge - a supported living scheme for adults with a learning disability or autism who present with challenging behaviours - officially opened. This unique scheme is innovative in design, incorporating features such as curved internal walls and soft impact finishes to floors and walls.

Much to the excitement of mcch and Avenues staff, social care professionals, families and housing professionals, Holly Lodge opened its doors to eager visitors on Wednesday 17th April.

Packed with assistive technologies, this state of the art building includes unique design features that have been chosen to promote the safety of the tenants and to limit damage to the property. 

For further information about the design features, please read our previous blog or handout.

Families of the tenants who will soon be moving in cut the ribbon at the opening

Kitchen cupboards open with a detachable magnetic handle.

The sun pipe brings in natural daylight that can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder. 

The access panels reduce the need to disturb the tenants for general day to day repairs.

Each unit has three external access cupboards for maintenance purposes. These contain electrics, waste pipes from the kitchen sink and bathroom as well as access to the under-floor heating controls and hot water panels.
Tenants moved into their new homes in May. Supported by staff from both mcch and Avenues, we hope that tenants will flourish at Holly Lodge.