About assistive technology

What do we mean by assistive technology?

This page provides information on assistive technology and telecare and how they can play a role in supporting the independence of people with dementia.

The benefits and limitations of assistive technology

Assistive technology can help to support and enable people with dementia to live more independently. It may also help to support and reassure their carers. However assistive technology may not be the answer for everybody. This page provides case study examples to demonstrate the benefits and limitations of assistive technology and the importance of assessment and evaluation.

The ethical use of assistive technology

There are now a wide range of technological devices, solutions and services that may be of benefit to people with dementia and those who help care for them. However it is important to think carefully about the pros and cons of any potential solution, whether it be technological or otherwise.

The guidance on this page has been produced by Stephen Wey, Senior Lecturer, University College of York St John and Senior Occupational Therapist, Leeds Mental Health Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Obtaining assistive technology

This page provides information for people with dementia and their carers on how they may obtain assistive technology devices and telecare services.

Sample protocols

This page provides sample protocols and guidance that have been developed by service providers.

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