An exciting new Lifestyle Centre which has been fitted out to
demonstrate how modern technology can be used to help older people
and those with disabilities or limiting long term conditions to
live in their own homes was officially opened at a special ceremony
at Tremorvah Industries at 2 pm on Thursday, February 7th
June Hackett, Chair of the county's Wheelchair Users Group,
performed the opening ceremony with Trevor Drage, Preventative
Technology Project Manager, who designed the new £50,000 Lifestyle
Also attending the event was staff from Tremorvah Industries,
County Councillors and representatives of the County Council's
Department of Adult Social Care, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Primary Care Trust, Cornwall Partnership Trust and the Supporting
The Lifestyle Centre has been designed as a mock up of a normal
house, with a lounge, a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. Aimed as a
training and awareness raising facility for health and social care
staff, carers and service users, the house has been fitted with
examples of the latest assistive technology currently in use in the
county. This ranges from simple devices which enable an individual
to turn on a tap to more complicated systems which can control door
entry and windows or activate lights, pagers and alarms.
"Assistive technology is a product or service designed to enable
independence for older or disabled people" said Richard Glanville,
Acting General Manager of Tremorvah Industries.
The Lifestyle Centre contains a wide range of
equipment, including push button pendants which raise an alarm via
a local monitoring centre or activate a pager if someone falls. It
has also been fitted with specially designed equipment which sounds
an alarm if someone gets out of bed and does nor return within a
pre-determined time or if they leave the house within certain times
of the day. "
"Other innovations include motion sensors which can turn on
lights and equipment which can activate a voice message to warn the
occupant that they are approaching a potential hazard or to remind
them they need to do something".
The Lifestyle Centre is one of the latest innovations at
Tremorvah Industries, which is run by the County Council's
Department of Adult Social Care. As well as providing Assistive
Technology equipment, the county wide facility also supplies a wide
range of mobility equipment, including stairlifts, wheelchairs,
platform lifts, electric wheelchairs, bathroom and kitchen aids and
Following the official opening on February 7th staff from
Tremorvah Industries will be staging a series of training sessions
to demonstrate how the equipment can be used.
Nigel Walker ( Lib Dem), the Executive Member for Adults, said "
I urge everyone, whether or not they have a disability, to visit
the Lifestyle Centre. It is a real eye-opener into what is both
available and affordable to make life both easier and safer. "
"These practical uses of technology are accessible, practical
and, most important, reliable. They will provide peace of mind not
just to the service users, but to those who care for them, whether
in a professional or personal capacity.
"And this is just the beginning. In Cornwall we have been chosen
to pilot the evaluation of an advanced assistive technology,
including telecare and telehealth, initiative. We need to link the
Lifestyle Centre and other health-monitoring technologies to
show how we can make far better and more productive use of
professional time and expertise in supporting people to continue to
live safely at home, rather than have to move into residential