Please join us today to celebrate National Assistive Technology (AT) Awareness Day. AT is evolving rapidly to support individuals with disabilities and older adults to live at home independently and with a higher quality of life. Smart home devices, including televisions, lights, thermostats, and security systems, now provide extraordinary environmental control opportunities for residents with mobility limitations. Devices that support memory and cognition assist older adults and others to stay current with medications. Home modifications, such as ceiling track systems, can lift persons with paralysis and move them between rooms. Service providers can even remotely monitor the routines of residents using sensors and then drop-in via video to provide assistance, support, and companionship.
However, most AT for housing continues to be simple devices such as threshold ramps, grab bars, and transfer poles, assisting individuals to avoid falls and save thousands of dollars in healthcare costs.