assistive technology

Report describing a wide range of UK Government funded projects supporting the development, introduction and evaluation of assistive technology which might increase the range of activities, independence or well-being of disabled people.

FAST is a small, independent organisation and registered charity which works collaboratively with other members of the Assistive Technology community, across statutory, voluntary and private sectors to bring innovative products to market and to improve services for disabled and older people. Their website includes a database of Assistive Technology research and development, a list of events and workshops, and a guide to training and courses in Assistive Technology.

Research briefing paper focusing on the ways in which AT devices may be used by individuals, practitioners and organisations in meeting the needs of older people and examining some of the claims about the benefits of AT for people who use services and for health and social care agencies.

Guidance aimed at care home and hospital staff involved in caring for residents with dementia and laying out the principles which should be applied when contemplating the use of wandering technology and the legal implications of its use.

Report presenting the findings of the UK assessment trial of Enable, a three year longitudinal study looking at the feasibility of enabling devices and the socio-economic costs of making technology available to enhance the quality of life of dementia sufferers and their carers.

Pamphlet containing a collection of essays which acknowledge and celebrate the important part social work services play in supporting individuals and communities. The contributions approach the subject from various perspectives including the impact of the 1968 Social Work (Scotland) Act, the wider responsibilities which underlie standards and service delivery and the social context in which services are delivered.

Report evaluating West Lothian Council's approach to the care and support of older people at home in which smart technology is integrated into a model of care which stresses choice, independence and capacity building for older people and aims to support them to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. The evaluation looked at the views and experiences of stakeholders and the cost effectiveness of the programme.

The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia. This factsheet is about making adaptations, improvements or repairs to the home of people with dementia. These changes may help to make life easier or make it possible for the person to remain at home for longer. This information sheet also suggests where to go for advice and the grants that may be available.

Factsheet providing information and guidance on what telecare is, its benefits and advantages for carers and how it can be obtained and paid for.