Independent Living Centre in Cockburn gives independence

Occupational therapist Anelle Young and Helen Morton.
Occupational therapist Anelle Young and Helen Morton.

A SERVICE providing help to the elderly and people with disability has opened in Cockburn.

The Independent Living Centre’s new Success branch, located on Wentworth Parade, is the first integrated smart home display centre in WA, the service says.

The apartment-style display, launched by Disability Services Minister Helen Morton, features a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living and office areas.

The set-up allows people to trial new technology offering new ways to open doors, turn on lights and recognise when the phone is ringing.

Executive director Gerri Clay said it was important for people to know what was available to them if it meant being able to live more independently and safer.

“Through the use of assistive technologies and smart home automation, older people and people with a disability are increasingly able to maintain their independence and have far greater control, choice and safety in their lives,” she said.