Assistive technology

Would you like to find out more about how technology can help you at home?

Health and Social Care Services have launched an innovative project within Allershaw Tower, Gowkthrapple, Wishaw to showcase how technology can promote safety, well-being and independence within the home. 

A team of staff are available by appointment to demonstrate how smart technology can be used to control small household appliances such as kettles, lamps and televisions. Staff will also demonstrate how we use assistive technology to alert people if help is needed within the home and to provide reassurance to carers. 

Click here to arrange a visit to the technology flat.

What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is a range of specialist equipment technology that can help you to live independently at home or alert people if you need help.

The assistive technology range provided includes falls sensors, bed monitors, fire safety sensors and GPS locators.

How does it work?

Assistive technology sensors and monitors send alerts when activated. The alerts can be sent to our community alarm service via your telephone line or sent directly to a family member or carer in your home via a pager.

Is there a charge for this service?

Currently there is no charge for assistive technology provided by us.

How do I request assistive technology?

You will need to contact social work services to request an assessment. A district nurse, community psychiatric nurse or other health professional who already knows you can refer you to social work services.

What happens next?

Social work services will contact you to arrange an assessment. Once this is completed we will discuss with you, your carer or family member if appropriate, the options available to you. If assistive technology is recommended we will make arrangements to deliver and install the technology you require.

Helpful animations 

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) have produced some helpful animations to demonstrate how technology can empower you to take control of your health, care and wellbeing.

Some examples include mobile apps that let you share clinical information without visiting a hospital, video consultations, to text message alerts to help schedule appointments and check when prescriptions are ready.

View them here

Please use the 'contact us' box if you have any questions. For more information, see 'related pages', 'downloads' or 'other useful websites'.

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