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Gadgets and devices to use around the home

All of us use technology every day.  For example lighting, telephones and vehicles make our lives easier. Choosing the right equipment and 'gadgets' will help you stay independent, and increase your confidence inside and outside your home.

Making things easier in the kitchen

There is a wide range of kitchen aids including non-spill mugs , easy-use cutlery, special bowls and tools to help with food preparation.  You can buy special cups which remind you to drink enough.

You can buy kettle tippers or kettles designed to make it safer to make a cup of tea.

Find out more about help with eating and drinking.

Gadgets for the living room

If it is getting harder to use the telephone or television you can buy easy to use telephones and big button remote controls.

An extra loud doorbell can help you to hear when people come round.

Bathroom, washing and toilet aids

There are tools which can help with:

Bed aids

You can buy equipment such as:

Our partner, NRS Healthcare, has a wide range of aids and devices. You can also buy similar equipment from other retailers.

Steps, stairs and moving around your home

  • You can buy ramps and hand rails to help with steps and stairs.
  • Some people choose to move to a more suitable home, such as a bungalow. 
  • If you have the space and facilities you could choose to live downstairs.
  • Depending on your home and circumstances, a stairlift may be an option.

Find out more about adaptations to your home.

Wheelchairs and walking aids

A wheelchair might be the right equipment to help you remain independent - either short term or longer term. You can talk to your GP for initial advice. If you are already a wheelchair user, you can contact the wheelchair service directly for re-assessments or advice.

For repair and maintenance of a wheelchair you already have, please telephone the approved repairer Bartrams, on 01353 778 756.

Your GP can also talk to you about a wide range of walking aids, such as frames. These can help to to remain independent and keep doing the things you enjoy. You can also buy mobility aids yourself.

Safe and Well Cambridgeshire provides information and advice on a range of equipment and devices. Go online to use a questionnaire to help identify things that might help you, or telephone 01480 415 719 to talk to an Occupational Therapist.

Technology-Enabled Care (TEC)

The Technology Enabled Care team was previously known as the Assistive Technology Telehealthcare team (ATT). 

We can advise you on equipment which can help you remain safe and independent, as well as providing reassurance for family members. 

  • Medication and pill reminders: Devices enabling timely delivery of medication, such as an automated alarmed dosset box that holds doses of medication and will sound an alarm when programmed.
  • Flood prevention device: If you leave the taps running, a bath and sink safety plug will help to prevent flooding.
  • Movement detection: A pressure mat has a pager that can be programmed to alert someone when the mat is stood on. Pressure pads may also be used to detect a person in a chair or lying in bed to help detect falls.
  • Preventing falls at night: A motion-activated light sensor comes on when movement is sensed for those at risk of falling in the dark.

Monitoring for some chronic long-term conditions. This is provided in conjunction with the specialist nursing teams and community matrons. This means that patients’ conditions can be monitored remotely, leading to greater self-management and less hospital admissions.

When activated, these devices use the telephone line to request help from a responder outside of the home.

  • Falls detection: using fall detectors, bed/chair sensors or motion sensors.
  • Medication management: via an automated dosset box linked to the lifeline.
  • Property exit monitoring: an alert if a person goes out and doesn’t return.
  • Various household detectors: smoke, flood and temperature changes in the home.
  • Enuresis sensor (bed wetting): placed under the bed sheet and activates the lifeline when it detects moisture.

If you have a community alarm or lifeline, you can benefit from non emergency support from the Enhanced Response Service.

Referral

You can request support yourself using the link below. Alternatively a medical practitioner may refer you to us for support.

Request support from the Technology-Enabled Care team

Alternatively, please complete the referral form below and email it to: [email protected]

Technology enabled care referral form

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Assessment

After referral we will ask you about about your situation and what you want to achieve. If appropriate, we can visit you to talk about your needs. We can identify the right technology to increase your independence and confidence.

Equipment loan and returns

If you have been assessed to need equipment, this is loaned to you, free of charge, for the duration of need and should be returned when no longer required. 

  • If you received equipment from us please call 01480 378 160
  • If you received equipment from an occupational therapist, please call 0845 121 3456
  • If you received equipment from Sensory Services, please call 0345 045 5202

Contact the Technology-Enabled Care team

For an informal discussion about items available and other devices we can provide to meet your assessed needs telephone: 01480 378 160 

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