Lifelites highlight important role of technology in children’s palliative care

Children's Hospice WeekThe CEO of Lifelites has drawn attention to the vital role that technology can play in the lives of children who require palliative care.

Speaking to the national charity Together for Short Lives, as part of Children’s Hospice Week, Simone Enefer-Doy said technology “has the potential to remove the barriers put up by a child’s disability or condition and open up a world of fun, creativity, communication and control.

“Hospice staff even tell us that this equipment can be life-changing for the children they care for,” she said.

Sensory Guru provides Lifelites with assistive technology, such as Eye Gaze devices that enable children to operate a computer by using just their eyes.

Simone says that when paired with communication software, the technology provides non-verbal children with a voice so that they can communicate with family members, staff and friends. It can also enable children with limited mobility to access and play with computer technology.

Lifelites are also avid supporters of Sensory Guru’s Mobile Magic Carpet, which is an app-based interactive projection system that aims to stimulate and engage participants of all ages and abilities.

Magic Carpet is a portable unit that projects applications onto any horizontal surface, whether it be a wheelchair tray, bed, or floor. It has multiple access methods, responding to Eye Gaze, Gesture, Switch, or Mouse control. This means that children can use the Magic Carpet through their dominant access methods.

Through this, the Magic Carpet enables children to interact and play with their loved ones and create special memories that would not otherwise be possible.

Simone said: “It’s perfect for children with limited mobility. The bright colours and sounds encourage them to move. In a life where everything is done for them — when they get up or go to bed, have meals or treatments — it gives these children a rare opportunity to control something for themselves.

“For us, donating this equipment is also about the smiles it brings to the faces of the children and families who are focused on caring for their child’s complex needs. We know that for these families, nothing is more precious than the time they get to spend with their children. Our technology can give them the invaluable opportunity to relax and have fun together and create special memories for them all.”

The Magic Carpet comes with over 500 applications pre-installed and hundreds more available to download from Sensory Guru’s App Store. This means that there is an app to appeal to everyone’s interests.

Simone, said: “Magic Carpet gives children the opportunity to escape the confines of their condition and embrace a world of make-believe.

“They can fly a plane, splash in the sea and even play football. This means so much to a child whose life is restricted by their condition. They can let their imaginations run wild and control something for themselves.”

Lifelites charity logoSensory Guru is incredibly proud to work with Lifelites, a charity that works to provide children and young people in hospices with the latest assistive and inclusive technologies, so that they can learn, be creative, communicate and take control. The charity couldn’t carry out its fantastic work without the help of supporters.

Make a donation to this fantastic charity by visiting their fundraising page.

You can read Simone’s complete article on Together for short lives.

Children’s Hospice Week runs from the 22-28 May 2017. It is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the needs of children with life-limiting conditions and celebrate the​ vital work children’s hospices carry out across the UK. Learn more about how you can support it by following this link.

Magic Carpet receives 5* rating from leading disability magazine

Able Magazine CertificateMagic Carpet has been awarded a 5* rating from Able Magazine, the UK’s favourite disability lifestyle publication.

Tom Jamison, Editor of Able Magazine, said: “There was some truly outstanding products on show at Naidex 2017.” He decided to give Magic Carpet a five-star rating, which means that it achieved top marks in relation to:

Function: Is the Magic Carpet well made? Is it effective and easy to use?

 Form: Does the Magic Carpet look good? Is it stylish or mundane?

 Innovation: Does the Magic Carpet represent new ideas?

 Cost: Is the Magic Carpet good value for money?

Mr Jamison said: “With 500 apps included ‘in the box’ the possibilities for fun, education and stimulation are endless.”

The Magic Carpet is an app based interactive projection system. Users simply move over the projected apps to interact with them.

The Magic Carpet can be accessed through Eye Gaze, Switch, Voice, Gesture, or Mouse control making it inclusive for all.

This means the Magic Carpet is great for encouraging social interaction and communication. It also has further applications within learning, therapy and play.

Mr Jamison, said: “It’s great when we see a cracking product that will genuinely help a disabled person in their day-to-day life.”

Able Magazine has reviewed the best disability products on the market for over 20 years.

The Magazine aims to help disabled people make informed choices about the products they purchase and has become a trusted voice within the disability community.

You can access the review by following this link.

Magic Carpet receives great customer feedback

Infographic - customer feedback

Sensory Guru has offered free software upgrades worth over £3000, to their entire Magic Carpet customer base, in order to show their appreciation for their clients support and enable them to have access to the latest Magic Carpet software.

The feedback from clients has been outstanding. Altogether:

 98% of users described the App Store as “brilliant”

 95% said that they would recommend Magic Carpet to colleagues and friends

 97% described Magic Carpet as easy to use

Chris Burke, an IT Technician from Baginton Fields School described the Magic Carpet as a “phenomenal piece of equipment”.

Users have praised Magic Carpet’s ability to create fun, interactive and engaging learning experiences and the personalisation and choice that the App Store provides.

Chris Latimer, Head Teacher at Georgetown Primary School said Magic Carpet is “an excellence vehicle for children with complex needs to interact with learning”, because it is “fully inclusive to all needs and can be easily adapted for specific children”.

Susan Rose, an Early Years Practitioner at Haysholm School said Magic Carpet is an “amazing resource which has captured the attention of all pupils at all levels”.

She praised Magic Carpet’s ability to “reinforce learning across the curriculum” improve “access for physically challenged children” and “make learning fun”.

Lee Blemings, CEO of Sensory Guru, said: “At Sensory Guru we constantly strive to improve our products and services to offer great value for our customers. We are keen for all customers, both old and new, to enjoy the latest developments. It is their custom that has enabled us to grow and invest in new product enhancements and so we wanted to show our appreciation by giving something back.

“The App Store enables us to distribute content at a much quicker rate and receive immediate feedback from customers. This will help us to better tailor content to our users’ needs and provide a much more personalised experience.”

Find out more about Magic Carpet by following this link.

Magic Carpet “hugely popular” with Leonard Cheshire Disability residents

Leonard Cheshire ReviewLeonard Cheshire Disability has praised the engagement, inclusivity and accessibility of Magic Carpet, which was recently installed at their Appley Cliff Care Home.

Magic Carpet is an interactive projection system that projects applications onto any horizontal service.

Users can control and play with Magic Carpet by moving on, or over, the projected application.

The Magic Carpet comes with over 500 applications pre-installed and hundreds more available to download from the App Store. This means that there is an app to appeal to everyone.

A spokesperson from Leonard Cheshire said the different applications “offer lots of levels of engagement, from simple, fun activities, to challenging quizzes,” which is why it has “proved hugely popular with residents”.

The apps have been designed to encourage learning, therapy and play; as well as movement, group interaction and communication.

Peter Harris, activities organiser and volunteer coordinator at Appley Cliff, said: “The beauty of the Magic Carpet is that the unit is adjustable and portable, so it allows for true inclusiveness for everyone. Appley Cliff is built over two levels, so if someone is unable to leave their bed we can bring the technology to them. The unit can rise and tilt, letting us project the images directly onto the bed covers instead of the floor.”

Mr Harris said that part of the appeal of Magic Carpet is also how easy it is to use.

“Technology is one of those terms that can immediately conjure up visions of knotted wires, complex programmes and impossible terminology,” he said.

“However, the reality is very different in this case. The Magic Carpet is straight forward and accessible to everyone.”

Mr Harris said: “I feel very proud to be involved with this project. It’s a great investment for Appley Cliff and demonstrates that we’re embracing sensory, assistive and interactive technologies.

“We also have eye gaze which brings the gift of independence. It allows people to freely express themselves, gain new skills and increase their confidence. Crucially, it engages them in something that may have previously been impossible to access, such as the ability to send and receive emails.”

The Magic Carpet is accessible through eye gaze, switch, voice, control, movement or mouse, making it inclusive and accessible for everyone.

Sensory Guru’s product advisor, Terry Aylmer-Smith, worked with Appley Cliff to help the care home decide what products would best serve the different needs of their users. Please get in contact if you would like to find out how Sensory Guru products could help to meet the needs of the people that you work with.

Leonard Cheshire DisabilityLeonard Cheshire Disability works to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people by supporting them to develop skills through employment, volunteering and digital inclusion projects.

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