Assistive technology

Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment or software that is used to increase, maintain, or improve an individual’s ability to perform daily tasks or to communicate, learn and live independent, fulfilling and productive lives.

Areas that technology can support

  • Epilepsy
  • Falls prevention
  • Forgetfulness
  • Hearing
  • Physical frailty
  • Sight 

Self-help and how can I find out more information?

The Virtual house aims to provide a clearer understanding about assistive technology and how various products can help you in your daily life. For individuals with sight impairments audio descriptions are available by clicking the speaker icon.   

You can also visit the Olympus Care online shop if you know what you are looking for.

Olympus Care Services shop 

Some more examples of technology to support you:

Personal alarm (Lifeline)

One of the simplest forms of Telecare is a personal alarm.

The alarm consists of a button, often in the form of a pendant worn around the neck, or on the wrist, and a base unit that works with your telephone system. Your base unit will receive a signal from your pendant and will be linked to a monitoring centre.

When you push your pendant, your call will go via your telephone line to the monitoring centre, which is staffed by trained operators who will answer your alarm call on any day of the year, 24 hours a day.

How do I access this service?

Olympus Care Services offer Telecare support as one of their services.

Contact Olympus Care Services​

Important things to consider:

  • Identify the issue you are trying to address, for instance an individual might want to take their own medication but sometimes they might forget.
  • Be clear who the technology is supporting, the individual or the carer. Sometimes it will be both parties. The person using or benefiting from the technology must be involved in the process and give their consent to the solution. If someone is not able to give consent a 'best interest' decision should be made as described in the Mental Capacity Act.
  • Will any modifications be required to the home or doorway to install the device? Will spare batteries be required?
  • Some gadgets may require a maintenance agreement with manufacturers or the company who provide the service.
  • Plan a 'response protocol' with the individual being supported. This is a safeguard to make sure a person's needs are met if they don't respond to their gadget or their gadget fails. For instance, if someone does not respond to their prompt to take their medication, an additional prompt or an alert to a carer might be necessary.
  • Has the technological solution achieved the expected outcome? Sometimes additional benefits are experienced such as increased independence and confidence, this might suggest that other solutions could be useful.
  • Do the relevant people involved in the individual's life know about the technology being used and why?