Hertfordshire Virtual Assistive Technology Guide
Council launches a visual, interactive guide demonstrating how to use assistive technology inside and outside the home.
09:00 21 August 2020
Hertfordshire County Council has recently released a visual, interactive guide to help vulnerable residents understand how they can use assistive technology so they can remain independent and receive emergency assistance should they need it.
The interactive guide allows users to view examples of devices that can be installed in their homes as well as get a list of solutions that can be installed or worn. Examples include a fire safety stove guard in the kitchen, flood detector in the bathroom and a chair occupancy sensor in the lounge.
The guide also shows how residents can use certain devices outside of the home. It presents a number of devices that can sense the opening and closing of a front door, detect falls and alert carers in case of emergency.
The council said: "Some items are designed to stand alone. Others can link directly to a carer or family member or are connected to a team of trained advisors in a monitoring centre who will ensure appropriate support is provided, giving peace of mind to residents and their family and carers.
"Many people would like to plan ahead to maintain their own independence. The webpage guides to reliable sources where you can find out what would meet individual requirements and where these could be obtained. Assistive technology might also be provided in some cases, following an assessment."