What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is used to describe a wide range of equipment and services that can help people to stay safe, maximise their independence and provide support to carers. It can help you and those you care for to:

  • Live at home safely with as much independence as possible.
  • Stay connected with family, friends and carers.
  • Feel confident about getting out and about.

How can assistive technology support people with dementia and their carers?

Assistive technology can offer solutions to problems that people with dementia experience, such as:

ProblemSolutionProduct exampleDescriptionMore information
Forgetfulness

 

Memory aidsMemRabel 2

A dementia clock with up to 20 reminders. You can also store images, videos and recordings.

Memory aids can be pre-programmed to remind you to do tasks at certain times. Such as have a drink, take medication or attend a medical appointment.MemRabel 2
Missing or double dosing medications

 

Medication dispensers and remindersTabtime Medelert

An automatic pill dispenser and reminder. It dispenses one dose of medication at a time.

This pill dispenser is fully automatic, lockable and dispenses the correct dose at the right time. Pre-fill with medication and set up to 6 daily alarms for medication time.Tabtime Medelert
Not getting enough to eat

 

Coloured crockeryColoured plates

Colours that work well are yellow, blue and red. As this creates a strong colour contrast between most foods and the plate.

Some recent studies have shown people with dementia eat more off coloured plates as they can see the food better than on a beige plate.Coloured crockery
Not getting enough to drinkAnti-spill mugs and glassesSafeSip

Covers any drinks container to make it spill free.

 

 

 

 

Never spill a drink again, protects against spills – when drinks are knocked over, shaken, or even dropped. You can also drink using SafeSip lying down.SafeSip
Getting confused while out and about in the communityEasy to use mobile phoneOwnFone

Easy to use and lightweight mobile phone – with up to 12 stored contacts

The phone can be personalised – you can pick the design and you can have your contacts pictures instead of their names.OwnFone
Going missingGPS devices

Global positioning systems can identify a person’s location

Pebbell 2 GPS

Small and lightweight GPS device

Features include 2 way calls, SOS button, and sends text to show you the person’s location. Has a last known location feature if the connection signal is lost.

 

Pebbell 2 GPS

Assistive technology can offer solutions to problems that those who care for people with dementia experience, such as:

ProblemSolutionProduct exampleDescriptionMore information
Feeling worried about the person you care for when at work or outTrack movement in the house from your phone, tablet or computerCanary Care discreetly monitors movement or the lack of, in the home environment as well as temperature and light.Log in to Canary Care online to view your own webpage and check everything in the house is ok. Canary Care will send you a text or email if something out of the ordinary happens.Canary Care
Organising care duties

 

Easier communication between carers

 

The Jointly App connects carers and their caring duties in one place. It was developed by Carers UK.Helping carers to stay on top of things, multiple carers are kept in the loop and informed of tasks that have or have not been completed.Jointly
Feeling alone and unsupported

 

Connect with other carers and share experiencesThe Carer’s UK online forum is an online space where carers can share ideas, have discussions and support each other.The online forum was created by Carers UK. Great for carers who might struggle to get out or see friends.Carers UK online forum
Not understanding dementia

 

Learn more about dementia to understand it betterAn App filled with information, advice and top tips for living well with dementia.Lots of information about being a carer, everyday activities, adaptations, getting out and about and much more.Dementia guide for carers and care providers

Where can I find more information about assistive technology

Warwickshire County Council has improved the information and advice about assistive technology, please visit our new website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/assistivetechnologyAT website pic

The website provides information, advice and guidance in order to increase the awareness and use of assistive technology. It is important that the website becomes a valuable resource for our social care practitioners, health colleagues, customers, carers and Warwickshire residents.

Where can I find assistive technology products and services?

Millbrook Healthcare can offer information, advice and guidance about assistive technology to the residents of Warwickshire. They provide a service direct to Mi Life Addresspeople who are funding their own support. They can offer advice on the most appropriate equipment, which can be purchased online or through their shop – Mi-life.

Though lots of companies offer similar services, the Carer’s UK and Alzheimer’s Society have information on where you can buy products. Do your research to get value for money and the right package of support for you and those you care for – lots of retailers now offer ‘try before you buy’ schemes for equipment.

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