What is Assistive Technology?
With the right supports and equipment a person living with dementia can be supported to live in their own home independently.
Assistive technology can be a product, gadget or system that helps with memory and recall. It promotes independence, helps manage risks and can assist in making the person living with dementia feel safe in their own home. Assistive technology can be a very simple product and it can also be a great technical gadget.
Examples of Assistive Technology equipment include;
- Memory aids; e.g. medication reminders and voice recorders to record your own reminder messages
- Orientations aids; e.g. electronic clocks that can help you keep track of time/day/month
- Safety devices; e.g. night lights with sensors that will automatically turn on as you pass them and personal alarms
- Communication aids; e.g. easy to use a landline and mobile phones
- Cther devices; e.g. easy to use TV remote controls and talking photo albums.
What is a Memory Technology Resource Room?
Memory Technology and Resource Rooms are being set up by the HSE all over the country. These rooms are for people who would like to know more about products and devices which can help manage memory difficulties.
When a person living with dementia visit a Memory Technology Resource Room, they are greeted by a healthcare professional who will discuss any difficulties they are having that assistive technology might be able to help with. An opportunity is then provided to see and try out different devices and strategies to promote independence, safety, and quality of life.
To find a Memory Technology Resource Room near you, please read our list of National Memory Technology Resources Roomsor contact Mary McCarthy on Maryb.McCarthy@hse.ie
How can I find out more about Assistive Technology?
- The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has a booklet on Assistive Technology. This booklet will give practical information on different type of assistive technologies that are available. A free copy of this booklet can be obtained by ringing 1800 341 341.
- Assist Ireland contains information on daily living aids, mobility aids, and assistive technology. It includes a directory of products available from suppliers for people with disabilities and older people. Assist Ireland is provided by the Citizens Information Board.
- The Living Well with Dementia project also has a section on their website with information on assistive technologies and suggestions for further resources.
- The AT Dementia website, is a UK based website that gives detailed information on different assistive technologies that are available.