FREE Boardmaker Workshop

Is your school or centre interested in hosting a Boardmaker workshop? We are running FREE Boardmaker workshops from the 15th – 17th of May.  More details below

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Tobii Dynavox Trade In Offer

This Autumn, Tobii Dynavox are offering an exciting trade in offer to assist people to use the very latest AAC technology available.

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Trade in your old Tobii Dynavox devices for up to 15% off our latest products! valid until the end of November 2016

The new Tobii Dynavox eye trackers are based on the best performing platform to date, providing high-quality tracking results for over 95% of the users regardless of most lighting conditions, eye color, or if you are wearing contacts or glasses. Products which can be used for trade in

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How? Old product must be returned and the following deduction will be applied:
12% on C12 & I12,
15% on P10, C15 & I15,
10% on old PCEye & PCEye Go

Please Contact us today to avail of this offer

Back to School? Why not try Boardmaker Online

As Ireland’s authorised reseller of Boardmaker we would like to introduce you to Boardmaker Online. As we are at that time of year with schools going back to start into a new term we feel it is a good time to introduce students to Boardmaker Online

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Some of the advantages of Boardmaker Online include the ability to create symbol supported boards and activities which can be assigned to students whilst measuring progress and usage. Other features include:

  • Accessed via online account from any computer – nothing to install
  • Subscription based with usage monitoring
  • Personal, Professional and District (organisation) accounts available
  • Full PCS symbol library included with free updates every 2 weeks
  • Online Editor (create and edit)  – PC and MAC compatible
  • Student Player (print and play) – PC, MAC and iPad compatible

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To find out more about Boardmaker Online why dont you call to arrange a workshop or demo in your school. As well as Boardmaker Online we are happy to help with Boardmaker 6 or Boardmaker Studio or any of the Boardmaker range of software.

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Wireless Buttons for Environmental Control

We got some interest and questions regarding a Facebook post we did during the week regarding wireless buttons and how we integrated them with an environmental control system
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Basically from the photo we can see that we have a tray with a number of regular buddy buttons mounted. The cable that normally connects to a device for switch access from the buddy button is actually connected to a wireless sensor that is behind the buddy the button in the grey mount you see in the photo. These wireless sensors then communicate with the environmental control system allowing us to program each one for a different function

eg. red button turns on TV, blue button opens curtains, yellow button turns on lights and green button opens the door

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As you can see there are no wires and the solution is quite neat and can serve a number of different situations. We are using this one for a client with cerebral palsy who might not want to always use a tablet or device and just wants simple quick control.

All very easy 🙂

 

Tobii Dynavox Irish Reseller

On the island of Ireland, some 600,000 people – that’s around 1 in 10 – are living with a disability. And, according to estimates by the World Health Organisation, globally that figure becomes closer to one billion people. Because of disability, people can all too easily become excluded from living the independent lives that others take for granted. And yet – with the right supports in place – lives that are full and participatory do not necessarily have to be an impossible dream. And it is technology companies who are stepping up to turn dreams into reality.

Safe Care Technologies was built in 2012 on a foundation of tech and environmental control. With a deep understanding of assistive technology and a desire to make that technology accessible and user-friendly, founders Conor Quigley and Rob Gill are committed to supporting people with disabilities to live independent lives. And their dedication to developing products that offer high quality, practical and affordable solutions to a range of challenges has led to them winning the “Most Innovative Business” award from the Enterprise Ireland Frontiers Program.

“Living with a disability – or even with the changes that can occur as part of the aging process – sometimes requires support. Our business is dedicated to developing a range of products that enable people to carry out everyday functions – safely and easily – without the lack of autonomy that can come with constantly having to ask for assistance,” says Conor Quigley, Managing Director at Safe Care Technologies.

The company plans to become Ireland’s leading developer and supplier of assistive technology products. And it is these plans that make the decision by the management team at Tobii Dynavox to appoint Safe Care Technologies as Ireland’s authorised re-seller for their products such a natural one.

Producing communication hardware and software products, for people living with a range of disabilities, Tobii Dynavox are world leaders in their field. And as pioneers in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices – that are based on touch and eye-tracking – the firm is on a mission to empower people with disabilities by enabling more effective and meaningful communication.

Power to Be You!’ It’s a message that underpins everything we do at Tobii Dynavox. We’re delighted that, through our association with the Safe Care team, we’re now able to offer our ground breaking AAC and Eyegaze products through a reseller based in Ireland. This will give our Irish customers and users access to unrivalled levels of service and support,” says Rob Gregory Sales Manager Tobii Dynavox).

The full range of Tobii Dynavox products will be available through Safe Care Technologies. Contact us now for more information or a demonstration.

info@www.safecaretechnologies.com

How Assistive Technology can help those with Alzheimer’s

The signs of Alzheimers or dementia can come on slowly and in most cases, the sufferer notices long after their family and friends have seen changes in their behaviour. For the sufferer, the diagnosis can be a huge shock and the desire to carry on as normal is huge. For those people who are still able to live on their own, there is still a requirement for a certain degree of help. This is where assistive technology can come in.

 

Assistive technology is a range of products designed to help the disabled, impaired or elderly with their day to day lives. It is categorised as a range of products which will allow someone to carry out a task which they would normally be able to complete if they were not impaired in some way.

 

It might be technology installed into their home which allows them to carry out daily functions like turning on their lights without needing to leave their bed or chair. It can also be designed to contact family and friends if anything goes wrong, offering them the peace of mind that they can be there for their loved one.

 

In the case of dementia and Alzheimers sufferers it is the small things which can cause the largest of problems. This may include forgetting to turn off a gas hob, leaving the door unlocked at night, leaving a ground floor window open or forgetting to turn on the heating when it is cold. All of these day to day situations can be controlled and monitored using assistive technology solutions.

 

Assistive technology can alert neighbours, carers or family of the fact a door has been left open (for example) allowing them to either call the patient to tell them what to do or to go to their home and check to see everything is OK. Not only does this allow the patient to live independently for longer, it means that their family can have peace of mind that their loved one is safe.

 

The types of assistive technology which may be useful for dementia patients is automatic reminder systems for medication and appointments, reminders to eat meals and what to have, location and tracking devices to prevent the patient from going missing and even warnings about the lights being left on.

 

Of course, for a dementia patient, the use of some of this technology may be difficult or impossible. This is why assistive technology is designed to be used by a huge range of people. It can be remotely operated and thus controlled by family or it can be simplified to make it easy to follow by the user. A basic tablet computer is all that is needed and the interface can be designed to be very simple indeed.

 

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimers and you want to stay in your own home, assistive technology may be the perfect solution for you.

The Need to Equip an Ageing Population

A report carried out earlier this year has led to concerns that the UK is ill-equipped to care for our rapidly expanding ageing population. The implications of this report are that individuals will need to equip themselves with the means to stay in their own homes as long as possible and to allow friends and family to care for them in their old age.

The Lords committee report discovered that half of all people born after 2007 will live until they are 100 or older and the number of people aged over 65 will increase by 51% by 2030. The number aged over 85 will double during this period. Furthermore people will live longer with restrictive conditions such as arthritis, mobility issues and even cancer and heart disease.

While it sounds like great news that people are living longer and enjoying longer and more fulfilling retirements, it is also a concern as services are not necessarily available to care for so many people who still want to remain independent. The report author points out that the NHS has failed to account for the numbers of elderly expected in the future and that those with disabilities, dementia, diabetes and heart disease will increase as the population does. This will cause a shortfall in the required budget for the NHS.

So it is clear that the UK elderly and their families need to prepare themselves and their homes for this future reality. The use of assistive technology could greatly help with this. Described as products which allow the disabled or impaired to carry out tasks which they would normally be able to do without their impairment – assistive technology is making big waves in the care profession.

With the ability to help the elderly see and hear better, move around their home more easily and carry out everyday tasks with ease, this technology will be more and more useful as time goes on. Not only does it make living in your own home easier, it can also allow family members to have remote access to their loved one – with tracking of their health, their whereabouts and the condition of their home (the temperature, if doors or windows are closed and doors are locked).

Assistive technology is also useful in the professional caring sector. Offering different ways to care for people were they remain in their homes much longer. For those in nursing homes, the ability to remotely monitor residents can make running a home safer and significantly more efficient.

Being independent is something all of want for as long as possible and assistive technology can add at least a few years on to that time for most of us.

Safe Care Technologies in the Irish Examiner

Maintaining independence is essential for anyone living with a disability.

Safe Care Technologies will soon be launching a product that will allow people with disabilities to use smart technology to control lights, open doors, and turn appliances on and off.

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This easy to use system will soon be available to all who need it.

Recently we were featured in the Irish Examiner talking about what made us create Safe Care and how it’s going you can get hold of it:

Read the whole article here.

What assisted living technologies can offer you.

Assisted living technologies and services enable people to live independently and give you and your family peace of mind by allowing you to
remotely control your living space.

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Safe Care Technologies can give you the freedom to manage your home whatever your challenges are.

The main aspects of home control Safe Care Technologies can help you with are:

Controlling Lights:
Helping you save money by allowing you to remotely turn off lights where ever you are in the home.

Open and Close Entrances:
Providing safety in your home and peace of mind.

Adjust Heating:
Not just a safety feature, it will also save you money as you can save money by allowing you complete control of your heating system.

Monitor Security:
Giving you and your loved one peace of mind and easy access to security features of your home. Our solutions also allow remote access of your control system.

Control Entertainment Systems:
Turn on your favourite TV channel or listen to music easily with our solutions

Users of Safe Care Technologies can control all these parts of the home by a variety of methods like eye gaze, voice activation, touchscreen or a wheel chair switch.
Whichever suits you best and is easiest for you.

Contact us here to find out more about what Safe Care Technologies have to offer.