Our annual Lifelites Hospice Staff conference was a sold out event this year and was attended by delegates from all over the country.
Held in Birmingham in March, the conference focused on bringing children’s hospice staff together to share best practice, network and learn how to make the most out of assistive technology for the children they care for.
You can see a round up of the event here:
Delegates were given sessions on how to use their Lifelites technology creatively, and were also given the chance to try out Virtual Reality (VR), and think about the opportunities it could provide for their children. As well as VR, other technology covered included Eyegaze, iPads, Augmented Reality, switches and special mice, music making technology (such as Beamz) and the Magic Carpet.
One delegate said: “The technology that Lifelites donates makes such a difference to our children and families, and helps make our job just that little bit easier. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to meet new people from similar settings and share our knowledge.”
Another said: “Such an inspiring and enjoyable day. This technology allows our children to interact and communicate to their full potential, experiencing the world in a way they may not be able to do so without it.”
There was also a focus on branching outside of the traditional hospice services, and considering the benefits of the technology for children using hospice at home services, and transition services. Representatives from a number of these services attended the conference. When speaking about hospice at home, one said: “As well as being great because it is portable, this technology has the potential to enhance emotional wellbeing, allowing children to relax with their parents when they are in pain. It also allows them to access something they might not otherwise be able to, particularly if it is unaffordable for the parents.”
Every year, Lifelites hosts a conference for children's hospice staff as an opportunity for them to come together and learn about how to make the most out of assistive technology for the children they care for.
Below you will find some useful resources from sessions from past conferences.
Lifelites aims to harness the power of technology by donating a wide variety of assistive and inclusive equipment to enhance the lives of terminally ill and disabled children using hospice services.
For these children with complex cognitive and physical impairments, this technology is quite simply magical. It gives them opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have to join in with the world around them, irrespective of their disabilities.
Providing these opportunities is only possible because of the donations that Lifelites receives.