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Assistive technology

Assistive technology devices can play an important role in helping the elderly to maintain independence and participate in activities they enjoy, despite concerns with mobility, vision, hearing or other health concerns. These devices can restore confidence while giving family members peace of mind.

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Digital switchover

BT will replace analogue phone lines with digital ones by 2025. Our personal alarm customers will be supported during and after the switchover with our tested product range and digital alarms that don't require a phone line. Read our articles and guides for more information.

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Telecare alarms

Explore more about telecare alarms, their uses and how they can support older adults to live independently and have peace of mind.

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Elderly care experts answer biggest questions about assistive technology

Discover valuable information about assistive technology for the elderly, including devices and solutions that promote independence, safety, and a better quality of life. These tools help older adults to age gracefully and comfortably.

What are assistive technologies for the elderly?

Assistive technology is a broad term used to describe products or devices that support people with disabilities, mobility issues or other impairments to perform actions that would otherwise be difficult or impossible.

Assistive technologies include personal alarms, smart heating and lighting controls, and voice assistants. For example, a doorbell with a built-in camera and movement sensors for smart home monitoring can provide peace of mind without compromising privacy. These technologies can significantly improve the quality of life for the elderly and their caregivers.

Why is assistive technology good for older adults?

Assistive technology is a great help for older adults as it boosts their independence, safety, and quality of life. It enables them to overcome physical and cognitive limitations, making daily tasks easier to perform. Personal alarms provide quick access to assistance during emergencies. Smart home devices help manage daily routines, while medication reminders ensure proper medication intake. Assistive technology helps older adults retain their sense of control, reduces dependence on others, and allows them to age in place comfortably. This provides peace of mind not just to the elderly but also to their caregivers.

What assistive technology is available for people living with dementia?

Mobile smartphones, radio-controlled and digital LCD clocks with large digits, and tracking devices can help elderly individuals with dementia stay safe and maintain their independence. Smart home devices like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod can also assist with memory problems. Cameras in the home and digital pill dispensers can provide additional safety measures, while large picture phones with programmed frequently called numbers can help in emergencies. There are also emergency devices such as dementia trackers and dementia alarms.

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I found the setup process easy, and the helpful Customer Services team helped me whenever needed. I carried out thorough testing across various locations within the house and garden, and the alarm worked perfectly fine.

Steve's out-and-about GPS personal alarm gives him the confidence to remain active in his local community.

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My personal alarm provides security and safety, allowing me to go anywhere and visit anyone. I know that, even if I felt poorly in the middle of the night, help will be available at the touch of a button.

How a Taking Care personal alarm helped Denise remain independent after a health scare.

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