Use of Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) is cleverly designed technology that can support a client to perform activities either with greater ease, in a safer manner, or to support them to do tasks they might otherwise not have been able to do.

At Happy Healthy Care, our Therapists can support clients to identify appropriate assistive technology that can improve their independence in their day-to-day lives. Some examples of prescribed technologies can be as simple as kettle tippers, and modified cutlery, or as complex as electric wheelchairs, hoists, or even a Thermomix. We providing assessments for the use of these items and comprehensive reports that will support the inclusion of these items in one's funding plan.

Use of Assistive Technology such as aids and appliances, hearing and communication devices

Assistive technology is an umbrella term for equipment, devices, tools, and software programs that are designed to provide practical solutions for our everyday activities. Just because someone's needs are more complex than others doesn't mean they have to live limited lives.

With the use of assistive technology, people living with disabilities can participate more fully in daily activities and in some cases, live fully independent lives. Assistive technology can cover a wide range of areas. Some examples include:

  • Mobility aids such as wheelchairs, walkers, and canes that help someone with limited mobility to move around their environment easier.
  • Communication devices such as augmentative and alternative communication tools that assist people with speech or language difficulties to communicate more effectively.
  • Sensory aids such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, magnifiers, telecommunication output devices and Braille to improve hearing for those with hearing or visual impairments.
  • Daily living aids such as modified eating utensils, page turners, dressing aids, personal hygiene aids and pencil holders.
  • Prosthetics or orthotics such as artificial limbs or supportive devices that assist those with mobility challenges.
  • Environmental control systems that can be activated by pressure, eyebrows or breath to control home appliances; TV’s, lights, and other electronic devices.
  • Home or workplace modifications or structural adaptations to lessen physical barriers such as lifts, ramps, widened doorways and automatic door openers.
  • Adaptive computer software and hardware that make computers, tablets and smartphones more accessible.
  • Assistive apps such as mobile apps and software that assist people with various disabilities in learning, organisation and memory enhancement.