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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 help arrives.

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 night.

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 best.

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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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This page was last reviewed 15 May 2013 at 19:49.
The page is next due for review 11 November 2014.