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Case Study – Learning Disabilities

Alison, a 24 year old lady with mild to moderate learning disabilities has moved to live in her own flat for the first time, which has on-site care support 24 hours a day. This is an emotional time for her and her family. Her family, up until her move, have been able to assist her whenever she has required. This includes prompting her when something needs to be done.

Her family are concerned that as she has difficulty keeping track of time and as a result, she does not always realise it is lunchtime. She is quite capable of preparing a snack but without being prompted she would go without. A carer could assist her everyday but this would potentially lead to her losing her independence.

Assistive Technology solutions:

  • Alison has device which gives her a message every day at 12 o’clock to let her know it is time to prepare her lunch. The message is recorded using her mum’s familiar voice.
  • A Passive Infra Red Unit (PIR), mounted in the kitchen scans to see if there is movement in the kitchen for half an hour after the message i.e. between 12.00 and 12:30. If Alison has not gone to the kitchen – the on- site carer receives a message that she needs assistance. When Alison responds to her prompt she retains her independence.
  • After having a night without sleep because no one was there to prompt her to go to bed, Alison now has a second message recorded by her mum telling her when it is time for bed.
  • Alison also has a wrist-worn personal alarm, bed occupancy sensor, panic button by the bath and wireless smoke detectors in case of other emergencies or distress.