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Adapt For Ease

Matthew Warnes, CEO of Adaptive Technology (ATEL), highlights why now is the right time to start investing in assistive technology.

It is clear to just about anyone working within the care sector that the current model of social care just isn’t working; with the BBC confirming that care firms had cancelled contracts with 95 UK councils in the last year alone. A lot of this is down to companies not being able to retain or recruit the staff they need in order to deliver care across the sector.

Care provided to older people and society’s most vulnerable adults is, in some areas, failing due to a lack of resources, time and staffing. Local authorities have to start exploring and executing new ways of working to help those that require it the most.


PREVENTION One way in which this can be achieved is through the investment in assistive technology, with recent advancements opening up new and

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exciting opportunities. With a clear shift away from traditional, reactive technology, such as fall detectors, to a more proactive approach that works to limit accidents happening in the first place, technology can improve the standard and levels of care available to individuals.

STAY INFORMED Historically, however, many local authorities opted for human care as it was the only perceived way to manage potential risks and safeguard those within their care. Yet, with such a shift in what assistive technology can now offer, it opens up opportunities that were previously unavailable to the care industry. It can provide instant access to vital health information, as well as providing opportunity to promote independence and help adults with disabilities to carry out tasks for themselves.

PROMOTE INDEPENDENCE Independence has always remained a key focus of ours when deciding on which technologies to launch to the UK market. Nearly all adults with a disability wish to have more independence, whether it is the ability to change the TV channel, make a cup of tea or be able to live by themselves. The assistive technology now available can offer all this and more, as long as it is appropriate for the individual. It also offers care providers advantages through its ability to be able to provide a way in which to care for individuals no matter what time of day it is, and without the need for a person to be continuously there.

What works particularly well is when technology is able to offer a whole range of features, covering a broad spectrum of areas which work together to improve

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