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Assistive technology

Getting advice about Assistive Technology (AT)

Please feel free to pop in and see us at the Independence AT Home drop in sessions, currently postponed due to COVID-19.

You can come and browse a variety of gadgets and equipment to give you an idea of things that can help make life a little easier. Our volunteers will be available to assist you if you need any help, between them they have personal experience of using the different gadgets..

You may also be interested in learning about Lifeline also known as telecare services. View more information about Lifeline.

If you feel that your needs or the needs of a loved one are quite complex then you may benefit from speaking to Wellbeing Independence Partnership (WIP) who may be able to identify services within the community that you could contact or purchase equipment from.

If necessary they can also refer for an assessment from Adult Social Care to discuss AT in more detail.

You can contact Wellbeing Independence Partnership (WIP) by telephone: 01952 385385 (when prompted please select option two).

Alternatively if you are Deaf/deaf or hard of hearing and unable to use a phone, you can email WIP@tandwcvs.org.uk.

Assistive Equipment and Smart Devices

There are a number of pieces of equipment that can assist you in day to day life. Many items are available in local high street shops. 

Assistive Technology is a range of equipment and sensors that support people to gain independence. It can provide peace of mind to the individual and to their loved ones/carers.

There are some very simple but effective high street solutions; for example:

  • Remote control plugs
    This product enables you to turn appliances on/off remotely from anywhere in the room. They are very helpful for people who may struggle to bend/reach to the plug sockets.
  • One cup kettle
    This is very similar to a normal kettle but it boils and dispenses one cup of water at a time. This is a great solution for someone who may struggle to lift and tip a heavy boiling kettle.
  • Motion sensor light
    This is a light with the added bonus of a motion sensor. The light comes on automatically when it detects movement. This makes going to the toilet at night much easier and reduces the risk of falls.

There are also more high tech examples such as:

  • Epilepsy sensors
    These will alert a carer or loved one when there is seizure activity.
  • Reminder clocks
    These can store reminders for almost anything but medication is the one thing that a lot of people need to be prompted about.
  • Bed sensors
    These let a carer know if a loved one is up and about at night time. The person may need some help to go to the toilet in order to prevent falls.

SMART Devices

On the high street you will see the ever increasing popularity of SMART home devices – these are gadgets that can interact to help you run your home automatically. For example controlling the kettle or washing machine via an app on your mobile phone.

The most common SMART device that many of us use is a Voice activated Speaker (such as the Alexa or Google Assistant). These are fantastic gadgets to help people at home to get up to date information such as the time, weather or news. But they can also help us to remember things throughout the day such as taking medication or having a drink of water. They can also help us to control our environment for example turning lights on and off.

There are lots of gadgets that you can buy on the high street or online a few examples of retailers are in the menu below information about purchasing gadgets page.

Last updated: 22/09/2023 13:28