An Assistive Technology Centre Open Day is being held on Friday 28th July from 1pm-4pm to promote the latest technologies to help local residents live more independently - with the added opportunity for those attending to take technologies away to test themselves.

The purpose-designed Assistive Technology Centre, developed as a partnership between NHS Western Isles, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and third sector organisations, is hosting the open day at the Grianan Centre, Westview Terrace, Stornoway, and promises it to be an exciting event.

Having already been open for a year, the Centre has been designed as an interactive demonstration space, set up as a ‘real life’ house with rooms designed to showcase a variety of health and care technology to help people live more independently in their own homes, whilst allaying any fears in the use of technology.

Gordon Jamieson, NHS Western Isles Chief Executive, said: "Telecare helps to reduce some of the stress and anxiety for people of all ages who need a bit of extra help to live independently, giving them a feeling of being safe and secure. It also gives many carers the confidence to continue with their lives, with peace of mind that their loved ones are safe at home.

"The Assistive Technology Centre represents our shared ambition to provide a common access point for the introduction to and the use of assistive technologies."

The open day is designed to showcase some of the newer bits of technology that have been installed at the Centre. There will also be staff from a variety of local services to help visitors to identify technologies which may be better suited to individual needs or difficulties a loved one may be experiencing.

Emelin Collier, NHS Western Isles Head of Planning & Development, said: “The idea behind the Centre is not only to show how far telecare has come but for people to see that there is a way for people to live safely and independently in their own homes.

"You don’t always have to change your surroundings to make them fit your lifestyle instead you adapt the devices to fit the surroundings. Choose what’s best for you, what works for you and what will work in the future. Visitors to the Open Day will have the opportunity to take some of the technologies away to test run them for a short period in return for some feedback."

The open day is available to the general public, carers, community groups or those with an interest in telecare health.