We see too often that older people are taken into hospitals or care homes when they begin to struggle with everyday tasks and consequently fall into ill health, no longer able to manage looking after themselves on their own. However, assistive technology can help the elderly maintain their health and remain in their own homes for as long as it is possible and safe to do so.
Assistive technology is equipment or a service that helps to conduct daily tasks or activities that the individual has always done but must now adapt and do differently due to limitations or reducing ability.
Assistive technology is becoming more widely accepted and there is a growing consent that the older generation could be the demographic who are likely to benefit the most from this technology. By implementing assistive technology into part of a care service for the elderly and vulnerable adults, could assist in the protection and prevention of illness and injury.
According to a report published by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), 70% of DASSs believe older people will be the greatest beneficiaries of assistive technology. This was significantly above other groups of vulnerable people, this was largely because of the multi-faceted nature of older people’s care, which made assistive technology such a boost to them.
Assistive technology is designed to help the user with daily life, whether that is for those who have difficulty moving, standing, bathing, communicating or handling routine tasks, there is a wide range of equipment and services available.
Assistive technology may be a simple piece of equipment, such as a walker to make moving around easier or more complex, such as Cortech Healthcare’s Komodo, electronic shower chair commode with stand assist raiser for advanced care in the bathroom.
For many older people, assistive technology is the difference between being able to live independently at home and having to receive long term care or needing to move to a care home environment to receive the appropriate assistance. Assistive technology can be critical for the ability to perform simple activities of daily living, like bathing and going to the bathroom. Those who use assistive technology find they are able to reduce their dependence on others and continue to live independently.
Assistive technology also reduces the costs of care for older people and their families. Although families may need to pay for the equipment or pay rental payments for some pieces of equipment, for many, this cost is much less than the cost of in home care or nursing home care.
With many factors to be considered, it is obvious that assistive technology can benefit the lives of older people, making life more dignified and enjoyable.
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