Most people would like to stay living safely at home and retain their independence for as long as possible. If you want to remain independent and stay in your own home there are a variety of ways to manage this. For example if you have problems getting around your home there are items of equipment or minor adaptations that can make life easier. You may also need help with personal care, meals or household tasks.
Assistive technology is sometimes referred to as Technology enabled Care (TEC) which supports people to lead healthier lifestyles.
Technology enabled care (TEC) includes telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, telecoaching and self-care services that put people in control of their own health, wellbeing and support, keeping them safe, well and independent and offering them and their families peace of mind.
Examples of some equipment/assistive technology you might need:
- Help raising an alarm in an emergency, such as a pendant alarm, a belt or watch
- Sensors in pressure mats, could be placed beside a bed, chair or door and send an alert to a monitoring centre if you get out of bed and don't return
- Sensors to switch off gas
- An additional stair rail to help you get up and down the stairs safely
- A grab handle to hold onto when getting in and out of your home
- Chair raisers to take the strain out of sitting down or getting up from your chair
- A shower stool to sit on while bathing
Some of these options require either a family member/ friend or a response service to be able to respond when contacted by the control centre.
Difficulty deciding what is the right equipment whatever your needs, telecare, smart technology for the home. Find out on the Which.co.uk 'Later Life Care' website.
Assistive technology and how it could help someone with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society provide helpful information and advice to help you decide on the best solution for your situation.
There are a number of free self care ‘apps’ you can download to your smartphone or tablet which can give you advice and help with a number of Health and Wellbeing issues?
Visit the NHS ‘digital tools’ page, where you can see what is available, and download appropriate apps to your own device.
Links to various organisations can be found in the Assistive Technology section in this Directory.