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Celebrations as assistive technology training unit formally opens

15 March 2019

Rotary House has been thanked for hosting Norfolk County Council’s new “Smart Flat” at an event which also marked the formal opening of the training unit.

The smart flat is a self-contained one bedroom unit located within the charity’s supported housing scheme for deaf people who communicate in British sign language.

Fitted with more than 50 assistive technology products and systems it is designed to be used as a training and testing facility for assistive technology advisers, occupational therapists and other practitioners as well as a place where they can demonstrate the products to residents.

The smart flat was opened by Cllr Bill Borrett, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Adult Social Care Committee, who said: “We are really grateful to Rotary House for donating the flat.  Assistive technology is a very important element of social care, we hope that this unit will successfully help people and their carers to continue to live in their own homes independently.

“Developments in smart technology have increased and the Smart Flat will allow us to trial new products in a real-life setting and ensure our staff are kept well informed and confident about recommending systems for their clients in the future.

"I am also hoping we can open similar facilities in Great Yarmouth and North Norfolk in the near future.”

Sue Moore, Manager of Deaf Connexions and Rotary House added:  "We are delighted to host the Smart Flat at Rotary House. Assistive technology can be a life changing for the more isolated and vulnerable in our communities, so we are very pleased to be in a position to promote it in this really practical way."

Cllr Brenda Jones, Norfolk County Councillor for Lakenham in Norwich where Rotary House is located said:  “As a champion for physical disability and sensory impairment and local member for Lakenham I am delighted and proud to welcome this development to my division.  Both I and my City Council colleagues will do as much as we can to support and promote the flat.”

For further information about assistive technology please visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/assistivetechnology

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