Look around Hull home which lets you step into the future with amazing technology
The house features high-tech gadgets such as voice activated curtains and windows and self-stopping taps to avoid floods. Picture: Peter Harbour
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Nov 2017
Self-stopping taps, a voice activated TV and even a seizure detecting mattress.
It sounds incredibly futuristic - but those features, plus more, are the central point of a new technological revolution helping those with learning disabilities live independently.
The futuristic households are the result of £1.4m of Government funding granted to Hull City Council, from a £25m pot shared across the country to help improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. Hull received the biggest allocation of any local authority.
The innovative features include everything from a voice activation television set to a set of self-stopping taps that stop a bath overflowing using magnetic fields.
A show home, situated in Bexhill Avenue, east Hull, provided an insight into all the amenities available for those who need it.
The traditional two-up-two-down show home was contracted by award-winning construction firm, Hobson and Porter.
Jon Craven, a representative for Hobson and Porter, showed visitors how the exciting new technologies work.
He said: “We’ve got so many amazing technologies, we even have a bogus call button, so when someone knocks on the door, a screen comes on and shows who is at the door.
"They have a ‘lifeline’ centre which calls their family or carers who can find out what the issue is.
“It even keeps a video for up to three days, so if the person who lives there is away, they can see who visited them during that time.”
The Lifeline centre is the hub of the household and learns the daily habits of its inhabitants to decipher whether they are safe or not, alongside monitoring any electrical appliance that uses more than 400 watts of elecricity.
For example, if the person boils the kettle at the same time every day, but for one day doesn’t, it will call a loved one to find out why. This can ultimately enable a family member or carer to know whether the inhabitant is in danger.
The aim of the houses are to promote independent living, but also to rest the minds of those who have been caring for the disabled person.
Mr Craven said: “I was speaking to someone the other day who says this is the first of its kind. I think other places have done flats, but not to this scale.”
The house is homely, and wouldn’t look too different from where the person is moving from, but with a few added technological extras.
Amongst visitors to the house was Councillor Gwen Lunn and Rob Havercroft. Picture: Peter Harbour
Councillor Gwen Lunn, portfolio holder for adult social care, said: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic.
"The houses are well-thought out and enable you to get the best of life’s joys and be independent.
“We are currently making huge changes within the adult social care system, all of which are intended to provide people with the best possible opportunities to live well and live independently for as long as possible.
“Enabling people to remain independent in their own homes will result in fewer people entering residential care, which will have a financial impact on the adult social care budget.
"In Hull, like all councils nationwide, meeting the ever increasing demands for adult social care is an enormous challenge, therefore, the savings we can make by installing assistive technology can be spent on other front line care services.”
Hobson and Porter will be putting on a few open days this month to provide people to take a look around the show home.