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.
What is Assistive Technology
The term “Assistive Technology” refers to any device or system that allows an individual to perform a task that they would otherwise be unable to do, or increases the ease with which the task can be performed. (Royal Commission on Long Term Care 1999)
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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These products are also featured in the Alzheimer’s WA Assistive Technology demonstration room located at Shenton Park.
For more information please call 1300 66 77 88.
Assistive Technology Demo Room
The Shenton Park assistive technology display room is open every day (except public holidays) from 9:00am to 4.00pm.