The ILC opened new doors to the public on 3 September when Disability Services Minister Helen Morton officially launched ILC Cockburn, incorporating WA’s first integrated Smart Home Display Centre.
Opening up a world of possibilities to Perth’s ageing population and people with disability, the Centre is staffed by occupational therapists who can provide expert unbiased advice about assistive equipment and technology that can help people to remain in their home, be safer and more independent.
Featuring WA’s first integrated Smart Home display, people can also see, trial and experience both high and low level assistive technology in an apartment style living environment.
Smart home technology can provide an alternative way to control appliances and services in the home and ensure people’s safety.
For example, you can switch the lights on simply by walking into a room, change the TV channel with a smart phone, control the blinds via a tablet and see who is at your doorstep and be able to let visitors in with the touch of a button from any room in your home.
Also on display at ILC Cockburn is telecare technology including personal alarm call systems; a wireless alerting system which enables people with hearing loss to recognise when the doorbell, phone or smoke alarm is ringing; and a range of other assistive equipment and technology products.
ILC Cockburn compliments the Nedlands Centre which has thousands of assistive equipment and technology items on display including mobility devices, telecommunications, personal care aids, kitchen equipment, lifting and transferring products, seats, beds and home modifications.
ILC Executive Director Gerri Clay said that it’s important that all West Australians are aware of assistive equipment, technology and changes to the home that might enable them to stay at home longer, be more independent and safer.
“Through the use of assistive technologies and smart home automation older people and people with a disability are increasingly able to maintain their independence and have far greater control, choice and safety in their lives.
“Because assistive technology keeps developing at such a fast pace people often aren’t aware of what products are available.
“ILC Cockburn will enable more Perth residents to view up to date technology and equipment in a replica living environment and to access our free unbiased information and advisory service,” said Ms Clay.
Free information and advice is offered on a walk in basis between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
ILC Cockburn has been funded by the Disability Services Commission, the Commonwealth/State Home and Community Care program, Curtin University and the Independent Living Centre WA.
Pictured at the start of the article is ILC Cockburn Occupational Therapist Anelle Young demonstrating a food preparation unit to Disability Services Minister Helen Morton at the new Smart Home Display. The multi-function food preparation unit can be used one handed and provides assistance with many daily kitchen tasks such as grating, slicing and holding bread in place whilst it is being sliced.
- Watch a video courtesy of the West Australian highlighting some of the assistive equipment and smart home technology you can view and trial at ILC Cockburn.
- Find out more about Smart Home Automation here.
- For further details on ILC’s Assistive Equipment Services and the National Equipment Database (NED) click here.