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Technology is changing the way Rhys is supported

Rhys’ main goal has always been to become more independent and work towards living with less or no support. Consistent positive support from mirus staff and other organisations has meant that Rhys’ support needs have reduced by half during the four years that he has lived in Kennard Court.

 

For Rhys, a reduction in his support means that he has more freedom, independence and can spend more quality time out in the community.

With Rhys’ goal of reducing his support even further in mind, mirus worked in partnership with the local Health Board to find ways to use technology to enable Rhys to have even more independence. 

We decided to trial the use of ‘Smart Home’ technology to enable Rhys to spend increasing amounts of time in his flat without support. 

Rhys and mirus staff discussed his accessibility needs, and together chose a combination of devices that worked together, and that had both voice control and a large screen; perfect for someone who lives with Dyspraxia. 

Community Housing Cymru provided Rhys with a Ring home sensor system and an Alexa Echo device, and mirus staff worked together with Rhys to set up the devices and explore the features. Fortunately, Rhys is great with digital technology and picked up the necessary skills quickly and easily.  

In a short period of time Rhys was able to use the Alexa Echo device to call staff directly from his bungalow if he needed support or guidance. 

The Ring sensors were placed on Rhys’ external doors and a second Alexa Echo device notifies staff with an alarm tone and voice note every time an external door is opened or closed. The sensors form part of Rhys’ risk assessment, and help mirus staff to ensure that Rhys is safe.

Rhys’ new independent way of life is being increased gradually, and we’re hoping that his wishes can be fulfilled and his support can gradually be reduced even further.

Rhys is leading the way for other people who are supported by mirus to use technology to stay safe whilst living more independent lives.

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