Warrington Disability Partnership (WDP)’s latest service is a new smart flat that is kitted out with an array of assistive technology designed to showcase the best equipment and products available and demonstrate how disabled people can use tech to live more independently.
The smart flat has been launched in partnership with Warrington Borough Council and with financial support from The Better Care Fund.
It will provide information, advice and guidance on the latest assistive technology that can help to improve or maintain independent living.
More than 35 guests were present at the official opening event, with representatives from health, social care, housing, local businesses, councillors and members of WDP’s board of trustees and staff.
WDP’s CEO, Dave Thompson, said: “Technology is changing at a rapid pace and what we’re trying to do at the smart flat is show what it can do to help disabled people in their everyday life.”
The smart flat has a display bedroom, living room and kitchen. They feature products such as voice and switch operated openers/closers for doors, windows, blinds and curtains, the Amazon Echo Show, movement sensors, talking glasses, mugs, cups and microwave.
The rooms also showcase facial recognition security cameras, talking clocks, medication dispensers and reminders along with many other innovative products to help those with physical and sensory disabilities and dementia.
Theresa Dawson, head of care management and OT at Warrington Borough Council said: “The use of technology is becoming more mainstream, people are using it in everyday life. Much of the equipment available in high street stores can help people carry on living independently”.
Steven Broomhead, chief executive at Warrington Borough Council and Patron at WDP, performed the official opening.
The new service is located in the Marjorie Griffiths Learning Centre, part of the Warrington Disability Partnership’s Centre for Independent Living.