Dementia is one of those disease which is incurable. Which means people suffering from dementia must forever live with the symptoms. The disease can be frightening for both the loved ones and care givers living with the disease. However, the advancement in technology can ease the anxiety and establish routine to improve the quality life of the aging group.
Using technology in everyday life helps to maintain safety, independence, hence, assistive technology is introduced to promote independence, autonomy, and potential safety risk.
What is assistive technology?
The technology can be anything, it can be piece of equipment, item, software program or any system that is used to improve the capabilities and functionalities of any disabled person.
- A communication board made from cardboard.
- A special program or software integrated feature computer.
- A hardware, devices, mounting systems, or prosthetics.
- A communication program or a screen reader.
- Inclusive learning material or curriculum aids.
- A specialized circular software.
- Power equipped wheelchair, electronic devices, braces, educational software, head trackers and more.
The equipment is designed for those people who have difficulty in remembering, writing, speaking, hearing and learning.
How do select a right kind of assistive technology?
Consulting with a team of professionals, and trainer is a must, as they know the suitability and needs. An AT professional team includes, doctors, rehabilitation engineers, therapist and other representatives.
Who can pay for the Assistive Technology?
AT’s can cost you nothing or a whooping amount of money. For an instance;
- Special Government programs (veteran’s benefit, social security) pay for certain assistive technology.
- School systems pay for special education learning materials.
- Private health insurance may pay for the doctor prescribed AT.
- Employers may pay AT so that their employee can perform every essential job.
6 technological innovation offered to care givers and the people suffering from Dementia;
1. Communication aid
Connecting with the community for quality life is essential. As stated by the research, people suffering from Dementia can recall the events even though they forget faces. Technology has made them stay connected with their loved ones. Adapted telephones (smartphones) can be pre-programed with the most dialed numbers. Using of Skype and Face Time are another great way to remain in touch with distant relatives.
2. GPS & tracking device
We all know the scenario faced by the Alzheimer disease and how it can erase the memory. The distortion of disease often leads them wandering, a serious concern for the family members and care givers, who are worried about loosing their loved ones.
GPS and location tracking devices are a great option for the wanderers. The device can be added with alert systems that can make the care givers aware of their patient. The technology can also be useful to alert the emergency personnel.
3. Monitoring Device
Home monitoring device allows to control the indoor temperature, lights and other safety measures that will send alert through smartphones. A great option for the care givers who wants to ensure safety of their patients.
4. CCTV cameras
Indoor camera covering the spaces of the entire house, is another great option to ensure safety. Keeping the lenses focused in the main rooms, keeps the caregiver stress free. The surveillance camera allows you to keep track on the movement of your loved ones, and send you alerts if no movements are detected for a certain time period.
5. Medication management
A simple pill box marked with medicines which are to be consumed on daily, weekly and monthly basis. A high-tech pill dispenser shall remind the caregivers to give medicine to their patients. Some reminders include vibrating alarm, which are reliable and trustworthy.
6. Message services
Reminders can protect their loved ones. Messages are recorded and played on device at appropriate time. For example, the caregiver after the end of their time, can feed in time to alert the patient or their loved ones to consume medicine. Messages can be added in device, depending on the rituals and activities of people.
Another example includes reminder message to lock the front gate after they leave their home. The technology is suitable for both the care givers and patients. Other services include, reminding of appointments, closing the door, going to bed, eating healthy food and offering reassurance.
Technology has started to offer multiple options and applications to the aging sector. The key agenda of technology development is to figure out the future implications and directions. The researchers have figured out the main domains of technology development resulting in (i) diagnosis, assessment and monitoring, (ii) maintenance of function (iii) caregiving and management (iv)leisure and activity.
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