Glen and Sam Marshall
Father and son Glen and Sam Marshall have benefited from assistive technology.

See how technology in Hull is helping residents to become independent

A project to help vulnerable residents live more independent lives with the help of technology is making waves across Hull.

Glen and Sam Marshall, a father and son from west Hull, have already experienced a huge difference in their lives.

Sam is 27 years old and has a learning disability. He also suffers from severe anxiety and was hoping the assistive and telecare equipment would help to support him.

Hull City Council’s telecare team and the learning disability occupational therapist assessed Sam as part of the project.

He was then provided with telecare and assistive technology equipment including a lifeline service, GPS tracker and wristband, kitchen and bathroom floor detector, heat and smoke detectors, fingerprint door entry, Amazon Echo and induction cooker.

Sam’s father Glen said : “It’s made such a positive impact already. Life has got easier and I now worry less for Sam. I can now pop to the shops and feel reassured that Sam’s going to be okay.

“It has given Sam the personal space he requires.”

Sam said: “The technology has helped me a lot and I now feel less nervous.”

Councillor Gwen Lunn, portfolio holder for adult services, said: “Assistive technology is a great way in which residents can remain independent by giving them the tools to carry out day-to-day tasks using digitalised equipment.

“It not only enhances their quality of life, but also increases their confidence which can help to improve their overall wellbeing.”

Anyone who could benefit from assistive and telecare equipment should email AssitiveTechnology@hullcc.gov.uk.

The assistive and telecare project is a collaboration between Hull City Council, the NHS occupational therapy team, Hobson Porter Ltd, NPS Group and Kingston Care.

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