Technology is increasing integrated into our everyday lives, we use technology for entertainment, food preparation, communication and transport. The technology we use supports our ability to achieve the outcomes we want. However we do not routinely consider the use of technology within delivery of health and care services, to support people’s ability to self-care and enable greater independence choice and control in their lives.
It is important to recognise that there is no one magic product that will suit all people and all situations, the use of assistive technology is appropriate for all people and it should not be considered as simply a direct replacement for personal contact and support. It should be seen as enabling people to lead their lives and not to restrict movement and independence.
There are a wide range of mobility aids and daily living aids to suit all budgets which are designed to make things such as bathing, housework, meal preparation, eating, drinking and getting out and about that little bit easier. The more you look at what’s available, the more solutions you will find which can help you or someone you care for to live a more independent, dignified and fulfilled life. Some of the assistive technology is readily available on the high street and is designed to look and feel good in any household.
Using community alarms and/or telecare technology can help people of any age and ability to live independently, safely and securely in their own home. It can also give family and friends peace of mind that they can be contacted in an emergency. Additionally, carers pagers can be purchased which alert live-in carers only when help is needed allowing them some respite from their caring role. This can be particularly helpful during the night when on site carers can sleep soundly with the assurance that the telecare pager will alert them when support is required, i.e. bed /door exit, epileptic seizure or fall, etc.
So think about what you want to do more easily and consider some of the options shown within this site. Investing in your lifestyle and your future can reduce the need to rely on other people, save you money on care costs and help you stay in control.