As part of a pan-European project, Habinteg Housing Association is looking for ICT suppliers to put forward products or services designed to make life easier for older and disabled people. Submissions will be considered for inclusion in a new database of resources as part of the European I-stay@home project in which Habinteg is the UK partner.
The I-stay@home project is part funded by the EU via the European Regional Development Fund to identify, select and test a range of affordable ICT solutions that can assist disabled and older people to continue living independently in their homes.
The first phase of project has identified how tenants feel ICT solutions can help them, as well as some of the barriers to using such technology. This second phase aims to identify technologies that are currently available. Some products and services will then be live tested with tenants so that the project team can produce a guide to the most effective technologies from a social landlord’s perspective. In its final phase the project will produce an online catalogue of ICT products and suppliers for use by housing providers and the general public.
Glen Joseph, I-stay@home project manager, Habinteg Housing Association, said, “This is a great opportunity for companies to get their products and services talked about. We’re really looking forward to finding out how tenants get on with the new technologies and which products have the best potential to make a difference to their lives.”
Companies with relevant products or services can submit them to the I-stay@home project via www.habinteg.org.uk.