Assistive Technology allows people to remain living independently for as long as possible by providing them with the technology to support them.
Two types of technology can be offered: linked and stand-alone. Linked technology is based around a call service and uses pendants and care alarms to connect to a central response centre – Nottingham on Call. If the alarm is activated the call centre is able to contact carers, family, and emergency services if assistance is needed.
Standalone equipment allows people to use technology to help them to continue living independently.
Examples of some standalone equipment are:
- automatic lights, or easy to switch on lights
- sensor mats to alert carers of movement when people are at risk of falling
- loud flashing doorbells (for people with visual and/or hearing impairments)
- easy to read calendar clocks (for people with dementia).
How much does it cost?
There is a small weekly charge to be supported through the Nottingham on Call Service. This will depend on the equipment package you are provided with and whether you are in receipt of a social care package or not. The Nottingham on Call Service Advisors can provide guidance on likely charges based on your needs.
How do I apply?
If you are receiving a service through Social Care or Health Care, you can ask your assigned worker to make a referral for you. If not, then you can contact us direct.
To contact Nottingham on Call please contact 0115 7469010 or email@example.com.
For more information on the Assistive Technology Service provided through Nottingham on Call please visit www.nottinghamoncall.org.uk.
The Occupational Therapy service provides input to those adults who have a functional need arising from their physical disability or medical health diagnosis which impacts their wellbeing. By providing equipment and adaptations Occupational Therapy allows people to remain living independently for as long as possible.
You may need equipment to aid your safety and independence such as a raised toilet seat, bath lift, or a stand aid or adaptations such as grab rails, half step, stairlift, ramp, or level access shower.
Before we recommend a major adaptation you may have a period of rehabilitation/reablement to try to improve your independence in everyday life and/or be referred to the Occupational Therapy team for an assessment.
Who can get equipment/adaptations?
Equipment and adaptations are available to adults that have permanent disabilities and are not fully independent in their activities of daily life such as:
- Getting out of bed
- Getting off a chair or the toilet
- Accessing the property, stairs, bathing or moving and handling, etc.
How much does it cost?
Equipment tends to be provided on a loan basis. Small adaptations to your home e.g. rails will be provided based on an assessment and has no charge. For any major adaptations, a charge may apply.
How do I apply?
If you are receiving a service through Social Care or Health Care, you can ask your assigned worker to make a referral for you. If not, then you can contact us direct. For an Occupational Therapy assessment please contact the Nottingham Health and Care Point on 0300 131 0300.
If you are living with permanent sight and/or hearing loss you can access the Adult Sensory Rehabilitation Service (ASRS), either by asking another professional to refer you or by calling the Nottingham Health and Care Point on 0300 131 0300.
We can advise on strategies on coping with sensory loss and on equipment, as well as working with you on a programme of rehabilitation in regard to
- Daily Living skills,
- Orientation and Mobility,
- Access to print and technology.
There is no charge for the rehabilitation support, and we can provide some basic equipment for free on a loan basis. Please see the links below for further information on specialist equipment to support independent living.
The national charity RNIB provides support for everyone living with sight loss and they have an extensive range of equipment, as well as general advice on various eye conditions.
RNID is the UK's national charity supporting deaf people and those with hearing loss and tinnitus. They provide a range of equipment that can help you with your hearing and managing day-to-day tasks easier.
Please visit their website for more information: www.rnidconnevans.co.uk
My Sight Nottinghamshire is a local charity that promotes greater independence for visually impaired people of all ages throughout the county by providing emotional support, practical advice, information, and training together with a huge range of adapted leisure activities, helping local visually impaired people to live life to the full.
Please visit their website for more information: www.mysightnotts.org.uk