Dementia 2020 - Partner Profile - Abilia
Who are Abilia?
Abilia are a Swedish company who 6 years ago acquired a presence in the UK through the purchase of Toby Churchill, a company that has been in the UK for over 40 years. All aspects of Abilia’s solutions are geared to using technology to make people’s lives better supporting people with Dementia, Autism, LD, Stroke & Brain Injury Rehab.
Our vision is that we believe in a socially sustainable world of equality and diversity. We empower people to participate in society and use their abilities to live fulfilling lives.
It’s a human right.
How has Abilia improved dementia care in the UK?
We’re just getting started having launched our Cognition solutions into the UK last year, helping people with time and planning of activities and tasks. Cognition solutions such as ours are new to the UK so it is taking time for people to look at different ways, and in particular technology, to support people in the community. We get asked regularly about where is it being used in the UK and we are at early stages with a number of local authorities and charities, but some of our solutions have been used in Sweden for 20 years, so there is a pedigree and experience.
What has been your greatest achievement to date? And were there any measurable outcomes that accompanied this achievement?
2019 was a great start for us to get some market feedback of our Cognition solutions and the response has been fantastic, our products are so simple, yet everyone we have shared our message with has been very receptive. We have a number of trials up and running now in Cornwall, Essex, Surrey and North Wales, hopefully come the event in April we can share some of these successes.
Is there anything you would like to make delegates aware of ahead of the Dementia 2020 conference on 28th April?
We believe that our solutions may seem obvious or simple but there is little to compare in the market and when we speak to Occupational Therapist or family members we are frequently given excellent feedback and gives us great confidence in outcomes for the users, their families, carers and commissioners of services who are battling to make budgets stretch across an expanding demand and the potential for a great reduction in resource.
What do you feel are the key points delegates need to digest when considering a partnership with Abilia?
We simplify peoples' everyday lives regardless of their need. We want to give people with special needs the chance to participate and be independent. It is a basic human right to have control over your own life and making your own decisions. This has been our mission from the very beginning.
The founders of our company had their own personal experiences of people close to them who needed help. As true entrepreneurs, they saw solutions where others saw problems.
Their driving force created tools to give people access to a better daily life – wherever they saw the need. Coming up with solutions to help people to communicate with others, read a newspaper, write a letter, get to and from work or school, or dine out.
Creating smart home solutions, which makes it easy to open and close doors, get between rooms and turn on and off lights. Just to mention a few.
They paved the way we still follow. Constantly developing new solutions, in order to give people more power over their daily lives.
You can read it in our name. Abilia is inspired by ability, or self-empowerment. We see it every day how we can empower and bring a spark into peoples’ lives. We want to bring this spark to as many people as we possibly can.
Abilia. We invent for life
If you would like to learn more about Abilia please visit https://www.abilia.com/en