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Royal visit to Kidderminster highlights how technology keeps you more independent

The Duchess of Gloucester comes to Berrington Court. Published Thursday, 7th November 2019

A retirement residence in Kidderminster, equipped with the latest technology, has had a Royal visit.

The Duchess of Gloucester met staff and residents at Berrington Court, a retirement facility run by The Community Housing Group for over 55s.

The Duchess was keen to find out more about the developments in technology which the home has installed. She heard how technology has made significant improvements in the quality of life for some residents who would otherwise have led less fulfilling and less active lives. 

The Duchess saw pendants and wrist bands as well as a demonstration of latest eye-controlled technology for those who have very limited use of their body.

The technology being displayed has been part of a trial together with the County Council and Assistive Technology specialist Amica24 (formerly known as Worcestershire Telecare). The aids and technology used by some of the residents who are elderly, frail, or physically disabled, enables them to get out and about independently and take part in activities with the knowledge there is help on call if it’s needed.

Interim Director of Adult Services at Worcestershire County Council, Elaine Carolan said: “Berrington Court is a shining example of how advances in technology can be used to improve people’s quality of life.  Our 'Technology Enabled Lives' programme focuses on providing innovative approaches for our residents to live healthy, independent lives, within their local communities and step away from a more traditional care home or intervened care approach.

“The technology that we have at Berrington has proven to benefit those using it during our trial period and we are now looking at ways for social workers and individual to make sure they have considered these options as part of a care package.”

Technology like this not only benefits individuals and their families but can also help us focus our resources on those who need it most.

During her visit, The Duchess met a ‘Men in Sheds’ group, a painting group as well as being entertained by the residents’ choir, who sang Last of the Summer Wine.

Her visit concluded with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to honour her visit and an informal walkabout to speak to residents.