Lifelites donate new sensory technology

We have received an incredible donation of specialist assistive technology worth thousands of pounds from national children’s charity, Lifelites.

Our Long Term Ventilation facility is for children who need round the clock care due to being recently ventilated. This can be a very difficult time for families so we provide an environment for children and their families to adjust outside of hospital. The portable technology that Lifelites donates can help these children, who may be confined to their bed for up to 18 hours a day and unable to talk, to play games, be creative with art and music, control something for themselves and communicate with their family and carers.

One of the pieces of equipment we were so excited to receive was some brand new Virtual Reality (VR) technology. This technology can immerse these young people in make believe worlds, and give them real world experiences they would otherwise never be able to have, all from the comfort of the hospice. They can fly in space, go on safari, sit under the Northern Lights or even climb Mount Everest!

Lifelites also donated an Eyegaze, which is a piece of equipment that allows those with limited mobility to control a computer using just their eyes.  By using the Eyegaze, children who struggle to communicate with their family and their carers are able to do so – often for the first time.

Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites said:

“We are delighted to be able to provide this magical technology for the children and young people using the new unit at Naomi House & Jacksplace. This technology will help them escape the confines of their conditions to do things they never dreamed of, for as long as it is possible. We couldn’t have provided this package if it wasn’t for the generosity of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, who have continued to show incredible support for this project.”

To find out more about Lifelites, please visit www.lifelites.org