A pop-up Smarthouse showcasing assistive technology to support vulnerable adults has opened in Knowle West this week.
The purpose-built house has been created by national learning disabilities charity Hft and is on display at Bristol Community Links South in Langhill Avenue.
It features interactive technology – including a talking microwave, safety sensors to prevent flooding or injury and finger-print activated door locks which replace the need for keys.
The Smarthouse is part of Bristol City Council’s Technology Enabled Care event.
It is not open to the public – but is an opportunity for professionals and service users to experience interactive demonstrations of the types of technology used to help people live more independently and safely.
Dana Weaver, a Rehab Support Worker from nearby Bristol South Rehabilitation Centre at Inns Court was one of the visitors to the Smarthome.
She said: “I think it’s brilliant and in our rehabilitation centre we are doing a kitchen with assisted technology – so it’s been very useful for me.”
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Helen Holland, said: “…Technology will never replace person-to-person care, but introduced carefully and as part of a wider package of care, with the individual at the heart of decision-making, technology can complement personal care and allow people to have more independence.”
Hft’s Innovation Manager, Sarah Weston, said: “We’re looking forward to sharing our expertise with visitors to the Smarthouse and demonstrating how technology can discreetly fit into and enhance the quality of people’s lives…”
The event is a partnership between Hft, We Care Home Improvements and Bristol City Council and is funded by the Department of Health’s Housing and Technology fund.
The funding is available to anyone with a learning disability or autism in Bristol. To make a referral into the project email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sessions take place at Bristol Community Links South on Langhill Avenue, Inns Court in Knowle West from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 September from 10am to 3.45pm. There will also be an early evening session on Wednesday 18 September from 5pm to 7pm.