Hospitals and libraries to host AskSARA smart gadget events

Warwickshire’s hospitals and libraries will be the place to find out more in the next few weeks about a new website that shows people gadgets and solutions that can make life easier for them.

Called AskSARA (www.warwickshire.gov.uk/asksara), the easy-to-use website helps improve people’s access to a range of ‘self-help’ smart technology and associated services in Warwickshire – from automatic pill dispensers to reminder clocks, personal alarms and general equipment to help make daily activities easier – so they can stay well for longer.

Warwick Hospital, George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, and several libraries around the county will be hosting ‘pop-up’ information events where you can learn more about how the website works and see for yourself examples of gadgets – Assistive Technology – that could help you with day-to-day tasks.

Confirmed dates, locations and times so far are:

  • Friday 18th October – Warwick Hospital (Outpatients corridor) – 10am to 12 noon
  • Monday 21st October – George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton (Phlebotomy/Radiology area) – 2pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 29th October – Shire Hall, Warwick (outside Post Office) – 2pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 31st October – Rugby Library & Information Centre – 10am to 12 noon
  • Monday 4th November – Leamington Library & Information Centre – 2pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 5th November – Coleshill Library & Information Centre – 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 7th November – Nuneaton Library & Information Centre – 2pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 12th November – Shipston-on-Stour Library & One Stop Shop – 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Thursday 14th November – Atherstone Library & Information Centre – 10am to 12 noon
  • Tuesday 19th November – Stratford-upon-Avon Library & Information Centre – 10am to 12 noon

The AskSARA website has been launched in the county by Warwickshire County Council as part of their commitment, through the Warwickshire Cares Better Together programme, to give people better access to Assistive Technology and to help them focus on their strengths.

From cooking and bathing to taking medication, or doing hobbies and daily tasks, AskSARA provides information, advice and guidance on smart gadgets and solutions that can enable people to help themselves.

The website signposts people to a whole range of gadgets and solutions based on their own personal needs and produces an individual report with suggested ideas, based on the answers to some simple, multiple-choice questions.

For example, if a person needs help remembering to take their medication, it might suggest an automatic pill dispenser or a digital reminder clock; or if someone needs help with staying hydrated or has mobility difficulties as a result of a health condition, AskSARA may suggest the use of a special ‘hand steady’ mug, a falls detector ‘watch’, or a personal alarm.

This could reduce their reliance on friends, family and professional carers, and help them to stay well in their own home.

Councillor Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “I encourage everyone to go to one of the events, find out more about the AskSARA website and see these smart gadgets, as we aim to improve and increase access to Assistive Technology for people in Warwickshire.

“AskSARA can help people to stay safe, healthy and independent by suggesting solutions that they and their families or carers may not have thought of before or they may not have been aware of. It’s for adults of all ages who need a range of support to make their lives and day-to-day tasks easier.

“There’s a wide variety of Assistive Technology out there that is really simple to use, but people often don’t know what it is they need to help them. The AskSARA website presents them with the information, advice and guidance that they need.”

Visit the AskSARA Warwickshire website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/asksara.