Hobson & Porter unveiled its new Assisted Living show home to Hull City councillors, mental health groups, potential customers and local media in a series of open days in November.
The team from Hobson & Porter’s Minor Works division was contracted for the fit out of the two-up, two-down home on Bexhill Avenue in East Hull, which is designed to show off a range of technology created to enable people with learning disabilities to live more independently.
The innovative features include everything from a voice activation television set to a set of self-stopping taps that stop a bath overflowing using magnetic fields. It’s the result of £1.4m of Government funding granted to Hull City Council from a £25m pot shared across the country to help improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. Hull received the biggest allocation of any local authority.
Jon Craven, Director of Minor Works at Hobson and Porter, showed visitors how the exciting new technologies work. He said: “We’ve got so many amazing technologies, we even have a bogus call button, so when someone knocks on the door, a screen comes on and shows who is at the door.
“They have a ‘lifeline’ centre which calls their family or carers who can find out what the issue is. It even keeps a video for up to three days, so if the person who lives there is away, they can see who visited them during that time.”