Assistive Technology - What is it and who is it for?
What is assistive technology?
Assistive technology is equipment that can help you remain safe
and build your confidence in living at home safely.
If you have had a period of ill health or a fall you may feel
unable to cope at home especially if you live alone and this can be
very frightening. The kind of assistive technology equipment
available can help detect falls or inactivity. Sensors, which are
placed in the home or on your person are triggered, and an alert is
received either by trained operators at a 24-hour call centre, or
directly by a relative or carer. Operators will talk to clients
using a two way speech function and will stay on the line until
Monitored equipment like this is only beneficial if you wear the
pendant alarm or wrist device – this is vital and you will be shown
how this works so you fully understand it.
Assistive technology can allow users to remain independent, and
relatives and carers are reassured, safe in the knowledge that
should an incident occur, they will know about it. Some devices can
also help to monitor particular health conditions and reduce the
need for hospital admission.
Not all equipment is monitored like this but stands alone in
your house for example a plug in night light that is set off by
walking past it can help illuminate the way to the bathroom at
There is a wide range of equipment available that could help you
personally and the professional involved in your care from either
health or social care can help identify what would suit you
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Who is assistive technology for?
Assistive technology can help restore confidence for people who
feel vulnerable in their own homes for a variety of reasons – that
could be because of living alone, frailty or the need to summon
help in an emergency. It could also be as a short-term measure
during a period of convalescence.
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Will it replace other kinds of support?
Assistive technology can seldom replace care and assistance from
people – it usually enables existing care and support to respond
more effectively and can sustain carers in their role.
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Helping people to help themselves. Assistive Technology products
and services to help you maintain independence for longer.
This page was last reviewed 15 May 2013 at 19:49.
The page is next due for review 11 November 2014.