2022 Assistive Technology Guide: What's right for you?
If you’re having trouble performing everyday tasks, you’re struggling with mobility, or you’re worried about your overall health, it may be time to think about assistive technology.
Adding assistive technology to your life is a highly personal decision – one that requires a great deal of consideration.
There are several different products on the market aimed to assist you in maintaining your independence; and choosing the right one to complement your life can be overwhelming.
Ultimately, when considering assistive technology, it’s important to ask yourself: “What ‘problem’ am I trying to solve?”
It could be anything – maybe you’re noticing a decline in your hearing, maybe you’re worried about having a fall, or maybe you’re having trouble with your memory.
Breaking down Assistive Technology
Assistive technology equipment may seem like high tech gadgets and specialised equipment. But realistically it includes a wide range of products aimed at helping individuals with speaking, writing, pointing, seeing, moving, hearing, and learning.
Despite its name, assistive technology isn’t always technology either.
According to the Assistive Technology Industry Association, it can be hardware like prosthetics, software like screen readers, or low-tech items like communication boards – all with an overarching goal to enhance learning, working, and living.
The World Health Organisation sums up the function of assistive technology perfectly: “Assistive products maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence, thereby promoting their well-being.”
The next step
Once you’ve had a think about how assistive technology could complement your life, the next step is speaking to a professional about your options.
These decisions are often made with a team of professionals, who are specifically trained to identify your needs and recommend an appropriate assistive technology.
The team that helps you on your assistive technology journey can vary dependent on your individual needs.
But it can include a GP, Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Engineer, Physiotherapist, an NDIS or Aged Care Plan Manager, and Consultants from Assistive Technology companies.
How HomeGuardian can help
HomeGuardian is a world-first care assistive technology device that utilises non-invasive artificial intelligence to make independence achievable and comfortable – all without the need to use wearables, pendants or smartwatches.
The device’s patented AI-driven incident detection technology supports people who want to live independently for longer without fearing being alone when something is wrong.
Through state-of-the-art artificial intelligence, the device can determine what is and is not normal in your environment – all without recording, storing or sharing any images and videos.
The system is designed to work in people’s homes; it’s 100% private, fully automatic and works in the dark.
When HomeGuardian notices a critical incident, such as a fall, it automatically sends an alert to up to three nominated emergency contacts within 2s of the incident detection. There’s no need to press a button, make a phone call, or activate an alarm via voice commands.
If you experience a fall, HomeGuardian will ensure that you won’t be left alone, and can get the timely post-fall care you deserve.
See for yourself
Learn more about HomeGuardian by clicking here, or call us on 1300 248 324.