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Assistive technology: Types of equipment and how they work


  1. Overview
  2. How does it work?
  3. Types of equipment and how they work
  4. Apply for assistive technology
  5. Installation and repairs

Types of equipment and how they work

There are different types of assistive technology available to help you in your home. These include:

  • Alarm pendants and panic buttons - used to raise an alert if someone was to fall, or to provide reassurance for anyone who is concerned about unwanted callers. These include wrist pendants, falls alarm, and bogus calls alarms.
  • Smart hub - A monitoring and alarm system for the home which uses smart technology to connect you with care professionals.
  • Home alarm unit - An alarmed unit with a wide range of sensors. You can choose which sensors are right for you to fit your needs.
  • Sensors (including bed and chair) - These are sensors that monitor how long you have been away from your bed or chair. If you have not returned within a specific amount of time, an alert is sent to your nominated person.
  • Pill dispensers - Sound and visual alerts to remind the user to take medication.
  • Detectors including flood, smoke and carbon monoxide - Alarms which warn users of any harmful hazards in the home.
  • Monitors including epilepsy - Used to monitor people with conditions whilst they sleep.
  • GPS tracking for people living with memory impairment - Allowing carers to locate someone away from home if they have an illness such as dementia.

Next page: Apply for assistive technology 

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