Moving to a retail model – assisted living technology

Time: 6pm-8,30pm
Join us for an evening networking event organised by the Assisted Living Action Network on how assisted living technology could and is moving to a retail model.
Registration and refreshments will be from 6pm for a 6.30pm start.
Our expert speakers:
10 easy steps to creating a retail telecare market - Keren Down, Chief Executive, FAST (Foundation for Assistive Technology)
The title of this talk is, of course, ironic as cracking the retail market for telecare (and associated assisted living products) has proved anything but easy. However there is some learning coming forward from recent projects funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Assisted Living Innovation Platform (ALIP) that provides useful guidance. The projects' findings, which will be outlined in this talk, may challenge suppliers to think afresh about how the retail market for these products is likely to develop and how to position themselves to support market development and gain an early market position.
Working in partnership with organisations across the assisted living sector and through work with the TSB, Keren has gained an overview of the barriers and potential solutions to creating new market places and innovative services. Keren Down is Chief Executive of the Foundation for Assistive Technology (FAST) a charity that works to get innovative, well-designed assistive technologies out to disabled and older people as rapidly as possible.
The Memory Technology Library – breaking down the barriers to adoption of assisted living technology - Nigel Harris, Director, Designability and Nina Evans, Research Occupational Therapist, Designability
The library was run in conjunction with Sirona Health and Care and Theraputic Media Company, as a 12 month proof of concept project funded by the Southwest Dementia Challenge.
The aims were to:
To increase awareness of low cost technology solutions to support cognitive and emotional needs of people living with dementia and there carers
To make these solutions accessible and discover their impact on individuals and carers
To create an evidence base around using technology to support people with memory loss or dementia.
Key components of the project were pre-selection of suitable products, training and support, use of social media and the partnership working with a range of third sector providers. Over 200 items of equipment have been issued; details of level of dementia, the need and the effectiveness of the technology were also captured and assessed. Typically, more than 80% of people were still using the products after 8 weeks and 70% would consider a purchase. Work is underway to develop a sustainable funding model, the project provides useful insights into the challenge of developing a retail model to users and carers.
Location: University of Bath Innovation Centre, Broad Quay, Bath, BA1 1UD
Places cost £10 plus VAT. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. 

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