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Carers UK Forum • What technology makes your life easier? - Page 2
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Re: What technology makes your life easier?

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:01 pm
by charles47
I think it's fair to say that in no way are Motability cars free. They may be relatively cheap as long as you don't have a down payment to make or an adaptation to fund, but even so they are most certainly not free! That's the sort of talk that led IDS to make it even harder for disabled people to access transport. Image

By now, anyone of working age making an application for DLA will not receive it. It has been replaced with PIP (Personal Independence Payment), which has different rules. But DLA still applies to the under-16s, so it's not without its complications. My understanding is that PIP ceases at age 65 and then you have to apply for Attendance Allowance - it seems there's no carry over of Mobility Component any more: that's something I haven't yet been able to verify as no one seems to want to talk about it and the online information about it is very hard to find.

Re: What technology makes your life easier?

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:49 am
by Dancedintherain
I have recently got some very very very long life light bulbs which won't save much time but should make life, with or without caring and nursing duties, a tinsy bit easier and more convenient.
Not really what the OP had in mind??

Re: What technology makes your life easier?

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:43 am
by charles47
I have recently got some very very very long life light bulbs which won't save much time but should make life, with or without caring and nursing duties, a tinsy bit easier and more convenient.
Not really what the OP had in mind??
Probably not! But if it saves someone with a bad back or dodgy knee trying to stand on a stool or a chair, to change a bulb...then it's still a help.

Re: What technology makes your life easier?

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:34 pm
by Dancedintherain
kate, if CUK still has an interest in this area, you might want to liaise with the Cobalt project..it is Apparently challenging obstacles and barriers to assistive living technologies.

It is led by psychologists leading a multi disciplinary team in partnership with H and social care accross UK.

Re: What technology makes your life easier?

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:09 pm
by Guest
kate, if CUK still has an interest in this area, you might want to liaise with the Cobalt project..it is Apparently challenging obstacles and barriers to assistive living technologies.

It is led by psychologists leading a multi disciplinary team in partnership with H and social care accross UK.
Thanks Dancedintherain – I will have a look, sounds interesting!

Re: What technology makes your life easier?

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:24 pm
by Guest
Hi Dancedintherain – I just showed this to my colleagues who deal with technology issues.

They told me they are aware of COBALT – in fact, the project is funded by the same people who have funded Carers UK projects on assistive living technologies (the Technology Strategy Board).

So Carers UK staff are following the progress of COBALT with interest. Technology is certainly a hugely growing area, so it's good to hear lots of different people are looking into how it can help make life easier for carers.

Best wishes,

Kate

Re: What technology makes your life easier?

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:58 pm
by marie66
Hi guys, We use seizure and wander alarms and would not be without them. They let me sleep between Coo's seizures and they wake me when he seizes or goes walk about during seizure activity.
We opted for Easylinkuk alarms and not Tunstall - Easylinks a one off purchase with no rental fees and I didn't want call centre activated anyhow, I only wanted an alert to me via a handset that vibrates or buzzes each time he seizes or does a runner!
Brilliant assistance, cheaper system all around and much easier for me to manage what is a very challenging situation!
M x

Re: What technology makes your life easier?

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:31 am
by Dancedintherain
hopefully on topic.

Disabled living Foundation is apparently helpful with advice. non profit making.

They also have a few things they hire for a couple of weeks, deposit plus return postage.
useful to assess the usefulness of some things, perhaps?

simple tv remotes for instance useful for those with poor vision or earlyish dementia or hand problems.