Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology may be used to support the independence of people living with dementia, reduce the risk of dangerous situations occurring and help maintain a sense of wellbeing.

Assistive Technology for those with dementia ranges from very simple equipment, such as calendar clocks and touch lamps, to high tech solutions such as satellite positioning systems to help find someone who has gotten lost.

What are the benefits of Assistive Technology in dementia care? Assistive Technology can support an enabling environment by:

  • Reducing the risk of accidents in and around the home
  • Supporting independence and choice for the person with dementia and those around them
  • Reducing premature entry into residential and hospital care
  • Reducing the stress for carer’s, improving their quality of life and that of the person with dementia

Is Assistive Technology right for you?

With any form of support or care, there are a number of considerations to make when deciding whether a piece of Assistive Technology is suitable for you.

  • Ideally, the person with dementia is involved in the decision making and consents to use the technology.
  • It’s vital that cost, accessibility, appropriateness and ease of use are considered.
  • The need for familiarity is important, so it’s important to only change the things that need changing.
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