Assistive technology can help support and enable people with dementia to live more independently. It may not be the answer for everybody, but for many people, there are products that can be of great use.
“It is hard at times because of the things you can no longer do. You definitely feel different.” (Person with Dementia”
There are a range of products available which may be of interest to you depending on your needs. This can include:
prompts or reminds you such as clock calendars or medication reminders
technology that helps with communication, such as an easy to use phone.
technology to assist with safety in the home such as a gas or flood detector.
safer walking technologies that can help if a person becomes lost.
You can explore these options on the websites below:
Assist Ireland: provides information on assistive technology and a directory of products from Irish suppliers for older people and people with disabilities:
Medication Reminder service
AT Dementia: provides information on assistive technology for people with dementia. The website is based in England but many of the products can be ordered for delivery in Ireland. The site has a guide which will help you to identify a product that may help you with a specific need you have.
South Tipperary Dementia Project: This project includes a Memory Technology Library which is on their website and which gives a comprehensive overview of the Technology available to people living with dementia and their carers. By clicking on Memory Technology Library/Library resources/Demo you will be able to view the contents. If living in the area, there is also a lending facility where you can try out some of the products.
Dementia Circle: This project is funded by The Alzheimer Society in Scotland. People with dementia and their families identify and develop products that will help people with dementia stay independent for longer in their own homes.
Anchorlily: Personalised memory blankets and cushions
The Owl Tree: Memory Support Lap Blankets, Fidget Blankets and Cushions