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Sue O’Connor and Ainsley Bowles write about how technology enabled care can help those with learning disabilities.

Recently we attended our first Learning Disability Today conference in London – which is in it’s 16th year! It was a really busy event and our team on the stand enjoyed introducing the visitors to telecare.  There was a great vibe, with the seminars so full that latecomers couldn’t get into the rooms and people partaking in all sessions. We got to see what else was happening in the learning disability market place, with services such as the wills and trust service from Mencap, the Communication Specialist College in Doncaster, Golden Lane Housing service and outreach holidays – we loved meeting so many people that we support and the other organisations and volunteers that help to support them.

So what is the Learning Disability Lifecare Programme?

We went along to this event so that we could showcase our latest proposition – the Learning Disability Lifecare programme. A full Connected Care Technology service which can be delivered into an organisation as a complete personalised technology service for each individual needing support. If an organisation doesn’t need this “full service delivery” then as part of the programme we can still help by providing tailored support services that safeguard and enable independence and efficient delivery of care.

This means that we are providing a framework for transforming service delivery, and in addition to working through an organisations chosen Design Delivery and Development modules (more information can be found on our Lifecare Model webpage), organisations are able to benefit from specific guidance and training on using technology to support people with learning disabilities as well as other long-term conditions.

But what is actually involved?

Elements of the Lifecare model include awareness courses for professionals, guidance on assessment, installation and programming and training on using technology to support people who may be vulnerable when out in the community.

We have pulled together a short video which outlines exactly what our consultancy and training service can offer, which you can watch below.

One thing we came away from the event passionate about, is that there are so many small organisations working in the learning disability support industry, and we would love to spend more time with them to understand more about how they work and how technology enabled care can help them to achieve individual’s personal goals efficiently.

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Photo: Ainsley Bowles and Tracey Russell at the Learning Disability Today event in London.