There were smiles all around at Rachel House and Robin House as children’s technology charity Lifelites arrived at the children’s hospices in Scotland with a brand new package of specialist equipment for the children.
At training days at both hospices this week, members of the activities teams, home care teams and transition teams were all amazed by the cutting edge equipment will empower young people at the hospices, who have complex and life threatening healthcare needs, to communicate effectively and embrace their creativity. The technology is specially designed for disabled children and the package includes a number of magical items such as: a specialist adapted iPad package with grip cases, a portable touch screen computer, a Gooshy Switch which is a special soft mouse which lights up, vibrates and plays music for children with limited movement and an Eyegaze package.
The revolutionary Eyegaze makes a computer accessible for disabled young people. Through a sensor, Eyegaze enables them to track their eye movements enabling them to move the cursor around the screen. Children whose carers and families thought they were unable to communicate, can now do so with this magical technology – they can tell their carers what they would like to eat or drink and can even, maybe for the first time, tell their parents that they love them. It means that these children can enter and stay involved in the world around them for as long as it is possible.
Activities coordinator, Lilian Stewart, said: “It’s fantastic to have the continued support of Lifelites. Their expertise gives us the ability to give children in our care even more opportunities to reach their potential whatever their healthcare needs might be. This new technology will make a huge difference to the way we interact with children in the hospice and also in how the children express themselves. The cutting-edge technology like this is very expensive so we are very grateful to Lifelites for this donation.”
Simone Enefer-Doy chief executive of Lifelites, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to come back here for the second time to give both Rachel House and Robin House another magical package of technology for the children. As well as more laughter and smiles, we’re well on the way to providing Eyegaze at over a quarter of children’s hospices in the British Isles, including Rachel House and Robin House.”