Published: 27/03/2014 15:57 - Updated: 27/03/2014 16:07

Design students to unveil new pendant alarms

PEOPLE in Moray have been sharing their know-how as part of an innovative project that could result in a new-style telewear alarm pendant.

Alarms are a lifeline for many people and Moray will unveil a new design
Alarms are a lifeline for many people and Moray will unveil a new design

The culmination of a creative collaboration between people in Forres and a group of design students will be unveiled on Friday (March 28).

Community alarm users, practitioners and others from Moray have been working with product design engineering students from the Glasgow School of Art to co-design a new style of telecare community alarm pendant.

The push button alarm, which is linked to a 24 hour call monitoring centre, is one of the most widely recognised forms of the technology-based telecare services which support a growing number of people in their choice to remain independent and in their own home for as long as possible.

The community alarm is provided by the Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership through its Moray Lifeline Service to around 1,500 people and provides welcome peace of mind that they can summon help at any time, such as after a fall.

During two earlier workshops, the Glasgow-based students travelled to Forres to meet with service users to develop an understanding of what it is like to wear the telecare alarm button and gather their thoughts on how its design could be improved to make it more wearable and attractive.

The students have turned the ideas into 3D prototypes, which they will display at an exhibition in Forres Town Hall from noon until 2pm.

The public is invited to come and see the results and offer feedback. Light refreshments will be served.

The workshop participants, including health and social care professionals, will be joining in the event, and the winning design will be announced.

Entry is free and refreshments will be served.

All are welcome to attend and for further information, or to book a place, please contact Andrea Taylor on 07704 911756.

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