Environmental control enables operation of a range of electronic and electrical devices via remote control. These systems range from being very basic with only a few functions to very complex systems. Each is tailored to meet the needs of the user which is determined through the specialist assessment conducted by the clinical team.
Examples of equipment that can be operated include:
- Electric Beds and Chairs
- Home Entertainment Equipment
- Smaller Electrical appliances such as lamps, fans etc.
- Door locks and openers
- Curtain openers
The needs of the user will be examined at the assessment with the clinical team, and a recommendation made for equipment. The control of the appropriate functions is often set into a single controller; the method of accessing this controller is tailored to meet the physical ability of the user.
Not all functions are funded through the NHS and alternative funding and provision through other agencies has to be sourced. These include:
- Door, window and curtain openers.
- Page Turners
- Building adaptations
- Electrical, joiner/ carpentry or other minor adaptation
- Telecare Equipment