What kind of gadget would help an elderly or disabled person live independently?
Assistive technology refers to any item, equipment, gadget, or device that helps bridge gaps in a person’s capacity to live the complete, independent, and meaningful life they want. Assistive technology may benefit many different individuals in a variety of ways. Still, for the elderly, the primary objective is to lessen their dependency on other people and care systems and allow them to continue in their homes for more extended periods.
As part of a care package, your local government may provide several forms of assistive technology for free. Local governments’ primary goal with social care is to help older people remain independent, at home, for extended periods. Assistive technology may be a reasonably affordable solution to help with this, frequently eliminating the need for a full-time caregiver.
• Home Security & Safety
Several tiny gadgets and gizmos may assist make a living in the house a bit simpler and safer — and most of them are relatively inexpensive! It may not be the intelligent house of the future that we were all promised. Still, small individual gadgets may make the home a safer environment for the elderly and relieve caregivers’ concerns. Intelligent doorbells and locks can increase the security of their houses while also allowing you to keep an eye on them and any visitors. Smart lighting, specialized smoke, fire alarms, and water overflow sensors all contribute to your parents’ home’s safety, allowing them to live freely for longer.
• Memory Aids
For many people, forgetfulness is a common aspect of aging and does not have to be a sign of dementia. The good news is that several sorts of assistive technology are available to help remind your mother or father to remember their keys, feed the cat, or take medicine. Memo reminders, automated pill dispensers, and a variety of other technologies may all assist in alleviating the burden of trying to remember everything in everyday life.
• Screen Readers and Visual Aids
Visual impairment should not prevent the elderly from using some of today’s incredible technologies, such as computers, tablets, and smartphones. Blind people or those with low vision can use assistive technology to navigate these gadgets.
Screen Readers read aloud what is on the screen of computers, smartphones, and tablets, allowing the visually handicapped to navigate the device, pick the following actions, and connect to the internet. Most devices now provide screen reader choices as part of their accessibility settings, but some alternative downloaded solutions may work better for you.