Assistive technology aids Droitwich lad's life with epilepsy - The Droitwich Standard

Assistive technology aids Droitwich lad's life with epilepsy

Droitwich Editorial 11th Dec, 2023   0

NEW ASSISTIVE technology has helped better the life of a Droitwich resident living with epilepsy.

Frazer, who has chronic epileptic seizures, has began wearing monitoring sensors provided by Community Housing with the help of Worcestershire County Council’s Adult Social Care service.

Before being aided by the devices, Frazer needed to have his temperature checked every hour which hindered his ability to make plans and carry out activities.

He can now worry less about having to monitor his own condition and experiences less anxiety than previously because his sensors automatically monitor his temperature and pulse, and alert his carers of irregularities.

This give’s Frazer much more freedom in his day, while his ‘fall monitor’ alerts carers in the event he collapses from a seizure.

Frazer said: “The technologies that Community Housing have provided has meant I am able to live far more independently and safely.”

Another Worcestershire resident to benefit from Community Housing’s Technology Enabled Care Services is Stan, 82, who had alzheimers.

After a worrying incident where he left his home and injured himself, Stan’s daughter, Marie, felt he would be safer living in a care home.

But, Stan was determined to stay in his own home. So they talked to professionals to find a way to keep Stan safe and happy at home.

Together they decided to install the Canary system where discreet, wireless sensors monitor movement, temperature and door activity.

This meant that Marie could check in on her Dad, without him feeling as if she was checking up on him.

Marie could also rest assured that she knew if carers had visited to support her Dad throughout the day.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Both Frazer and Stan’s stories show just how life-changing assistive technology can be.

“They really do help people of any age enjoy as much independence as possible, whilst remaining safe.

“I’m really proud of our Adult Social Care team who have been at the forefront in embedding Technology Enabled Care Services to support our residents.”

If you think that you or someone you know would benefit from the use of technology in their care further information is available on the Assistive Technology page of Worcestershire County Council’s website.

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