The VoQol Project
While most people are using the latest technologies to improve their efficiency or simply for greater convenience, there are others for whom these technologies can be a life-changer. Coral Tech has launched the VoQoL (Voice-activated Quality of Life) project, which uses the latest voice-activated devices from companies like Amazon to provide quadriplegic and paraplegic individuals with a much greater level of independence in their daily lives.
During 2017, Coral Tech tested VoQoL systems at various care-homes around Cape Town. With a wonderful group of volunteer test candidates, we installed voice-activated devices in their rooms, integrating these devices with various smart devices to control lights, TVs, fans, radios etc. As soon as the installations were completed, our candidates found they could now control many of the functions in their rooms just by speaking to the voice device. It’s a simple as saying “turn on the light” or “turn on channel 2”. This provided a major improvement in their personal independence, dramatically lowering the need for them to call for assistance for many of their daily activities.
Since the start of 2018, we’ve now installed over 60 VoQol systems in both residential care homes (including Turfhall Cheshire Home and Andries Olivier Durbanville Quadriplegic Centre), as well as in private homes. In October 2018, the VoQoL was awarded a prize in the prestigious SA Breweries Social Innovations Awards – Disability Category.
*** Cheshire Home Summerstrand is excited to announce that 5 of these life-changing systems have also been installed at our Home in August, generously sponsored by SA Breweries! Residents Sandy Pollard, Petrus Le Grange, Jackson Gqomo, Dan Mkele and Robert Zeelie are so grateful for the positive impact this had made on their daily lives!
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From the Manager's Desk...
People living with different abilities form the minority of the population in the world. However, don’t underestimate their extremely influential characteristics as they face hardships that you and I do not know. This was a good read, and puts much into 20/20 perspective. What can we learn about persons with different abilities?
- True happiness is really possible in a ‘differently-abled’ body.
Happiness can be found by being alive, through family and friends. Many able-bodied persons, if faced with an option, might prefer death over being permanently disabled – the fear of the unknown, fear of losing mobility and independence. But the human brain is so capable of adapting and transitioning to an adapted lifestyle – it could take a while, but it is possible. Just look around here 😊
- Patience can get you through almost anything.
I have never met a more patient person than those in wheelchairs. This patience is a new level, and the residents here have mastered the skill.
- Accidents can and will happen.
When you hear of people becoming disabled in an accident, you think it could never happen to you. Only when you are affected through this, or know people, is the awareness heightened and the lifestyle better understood.
- Disability can happen to anyone.
Either through accident or congenital disabilities, lets be mindful that somewhere along the paths of our life, we could face the reality of differently abled family or friends. It can happen to anyone.
- Don’t sweat the little things.
People with different abilities are faced with so many challenges on a daily basis, things that we sometimes take for granted. But through learning to prioritize, and not stressing over what we cannot control - things are put into perspective battles are chosen wisely.
- Being different is an opportunity.
Meeting different people, wonderful opportunities, learning new skills… finding new potential and talents and experiencing life from a different perspective.
- Fitting in is overrated.
You don’t need to fit in to feel good about yourself. There is no such thing as an ‘in-crowd’.
- You can’t judge a person by their looks.
Remember Stephen Hawking? Christopher Reeve, Helen Keller…Francesco Clark…Leonard Cheshire…you just never know who you are dealing with 😊
- Life is short. Embrace everything.
Stop and smell the flowers. Say thank you. Enjoy the moment and do as much as you can, while you can. Surround yourself with love and energy and positivity! Make things happen.
- Weakness isn’t always a negative
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but more a sign of strength. We all reach out for help from time to time. Our residents may need assistance here and there, but they have strength of character and build their daily lives on strong foundations and have life lessons to share.
Hope that we share a great month – thank you for your love and respect, and your input into making our Home truly wonderful.