Gift of Independence
1st July 2014
In late 2013, Calvary launched an important new integrated technology room that enables a wide range of disciplines to interact with patients and adapt new technologies to suit their needs.
The room offers a large range of tablets and light-writers that enable text to communicate for those whose speech has been hampered. This is achieved through environment control units that offer patients greater autonomy, allowing them to control their immediate environment with controls to open and shut doors, blinds, answer the front door, change television channels and access the internet.
Assistive technologies like ‘Dasher’ and ‘Eyegaze’ enable severely restricted patients to compose sentences and speak with the use of their eyes alone, allowing better communication with their friends and family, as well as communicating their needs to health practitioners.