Inspiring times at Tedworth House
Yesterday I went to Tedworth House, in Wiltshire, to witness the flagship Help for Heroes centre, which was set up to help our injured Armed Forces personnel both serving and retired.
A question that may be asked at this point could be; what is a sensory equipment provider doing at such a facility?
The aim of the project was to introduce a sensory based area that would facilitate and empower residents and staff in the development of relaxation and coping strategies. Stephen was the project leader, superbly assisted by Rosie, both final year OT students, who have been the driving force behind this project. I was amazed at their determination and success in raising awareness of sensory and educating some of the most “cynical” staff and residents. So much credit has got to go to them…
The project has run for over 3 months producing some interesting results, to surmise, 100% of those that took part in a sensory session rated it Good or Excellent and 100% of those who took part would recommend a sensory session to a friend. Pretty impressive, even if I say so myself…
However, after having toured the breathtaking facility, met some of our serving personnel who have risked everything to serve our country, met the support staff who spend hours doing all they can to make things better and heard the difference Help for Heroes makes, a few things became obvious: Statistics are irrelevant. Commerciality goes out of the window and one is left with an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards our military personnel.
Integrated Systems Europe Exhibition Amsterdam
Rompa visited the integrated systems Europe exhibition in Amsterdam to find new and exciting technologies. Companies large and small attended ISE 2013 to show off their new ideas and to share plans over the coming year.
“WOW, I have never seen so many exciting displays in my life! No, I’m not talking about the red light district… technology has changed so much since ISE 2012! Amazing technology that would once cost the earth is now readily available for us to tap into. We have so many ideas for new products it will keep us busy for the next decade!”
“I was particularly interested in new forms of interaction and improving quality of imaging, audio and user friendliness. In this I found a company which have developed a transparent touch screen TV, this product is innovative in the way it has been developed and is also a wonderful product for room screening and a high level of supervision during interaction.”
We at Rompa want to provide products and rooms with the most up to date tech, and ISE 2013 was a great opportunity to for us to further our product development research. ISE 2013 showed technologies coming into the main stream and corporate markets, and with this we are able to take inspiration and further improve technology within the special needs market.
“Now I am back I will set to work in creating products which are interactive in new ways, that provide greater sensory involvement and which will suite the modern working sensory environment.”
P.S “Travelling on a ferry in 110mph winds is best avoided.”