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:
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.
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.
Assitive Technology Memory Libraries in Ireland
South Tipperary Memory Technology Library: This Memory Technology Library has a comprehensive range of technology and if living in the area, there is a lending facility where you can try out some of the products. You can arrange a visit and access expert advice.
Mallow Memory Resource Room: This resource room is part of the Crysal Project and is based in the Primary Care Centre in Mallow, Cork. You can visit the room, see the technology and access expert advice.
The Memory Harbour,Dublin: Based in the grounds of Clonskeagh Hospital in Dublin 6, you can visit the room, see the technology available and access expert advice