Assistive Technology Devices
When you think of assistive technology devices, also referred to as handicap assistance devices, what comes to mind?
Do you visualize some high-tech, futuristic robot that makes your breakfast and does your laundry? Or a flying drone, delivering your morning coffee to you?
Assistive technology devices are simply innovative products for elderly, disabled, and people of all ages and abilities, that make everyday life easier.
And by innovative, I mean both new and emerging technologies – cutting edge, high tech stuff – but also utilizing existing everyday products and technology in a creative or new way to provide solutions for home accessibility and aging in place.
The forks, spoons, and knives in the picture above are an example of everyday assistive technology devices. They help us bring delicious, nutritious food to our mouths and bodies. Very simple, but very important, right?
There are adaptive versions of those utensils that are shaped differently, or weighted differently to accommodate someone with hand weakness, tremors or other grasping disability. But the concept is the same.
If you’re looking for helpful handicap assistance devices, please visit our Shop, or continue reading to learn more.
What Are Assistive Technology Devices?
Wikipedia defines Assistive Technology as “an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitatitive devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them.”
But really, as mentioned above, these devices are for everyone. Why not make your life easier with tools that are intended just for that purpose?
There are assistive devices that help with mobility, vision, hearing, cognitive, anxiety and depression, and motor impairments. These devices can be used to help perform daily tasks, such as ADLs (activities of daily living), or help you rehabilitate an injury or after surgery. Recovering from hip surgery, or knee or shoulder surgeries all can be made easier with these tools.
Why are Handicap Assistance Devices Important?
They make things possible – If you have an injury or disability that prevents you from bending over and picking something up off the floor, you might want an assistive device called a . A reacher allows you to stay upright and picks up the item for you, simply by squeezing the handle to grasp the object. This makes something impossible, or very painful or difficult, instead very possible and pain-free!
They help you be more independent – A big part of why aging in place is so important to people, is because it allows you to remain independent in your own home. When you have some of these innovative products for elderly and disabled people, you are less reliant on others. Instead of asking someone to pick up that object for you, you just use your reaching device.
Who benefits from Assistive Technology Devices?
- Baby Boomers planning for the future
- Older adults who want to age in place
- Adults with a short-term or long term disability
- Families who have children with disabilities
- People of all ages and abilities
Assistive Technology Examples
Mobility Assistive Devices
- Grab Bars and Handrails
- Platform Steps
Vision Impairment Assistive Devices
- Talking Watch
- Video Magnifier
- Cane for the Blind
- Braille Display
- Liquid Level Alert
- Screen Reader
Hearing Impairment Assistive Devices
- Hearing Aids
- Visual Alerts
- Sound Amplifier
- Amplified Telephone
- TTY Phone
- Visual Doorbell
Cognitive Assistive Devices
- Smart Home Reminder Devices
- Headphones or Earbuds
- Auto Dial Phone
- Automatic Shut Off Appliances
- Location Devices
- Medication Dispenser
Anxiety and Depression Assistive Devices
- Meditation Aids
- Aromatherapy Devices
- Light Therapy Devices
- Headphones or Earbuds
- Comfort Aids
General Home and Daily Living Assistive Devices
- Robotic vacuum
- Smart Home Devices
- Weighted Utensils
- Sliding Bath and Shower Benches
- Dressing Aids
- Toileting Aids
- Transfer Assistance Devices
- Hospital Bed
- Chair Lift
- Bath Lift
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