Assistive technology for carers

Carers breaks do not always mean that the person being cared for has to leave their home to stay somewhere else.  Services brought into the home can provide a break for the carer from their caring role.

Technology can be used to provide a service that the carer would normally do such as prompting to take medication.  Items such as memo minders or pill dispensers can be used to remind a person to take their medication.

Other assistive technology is available to enable a person to summon help in an emergency.  Items such as mobile phones, GPS watches, falls sensors or other devices can be used to make someone feel more confident in their home.

This type of technology can be used to keep a cared for person safe and to allow the carer to have a break from their role.

The Council’s Assistive technology article provides more information about this type of technology.