How technology can help you
Assistive technology can help support and enable you to live more independently, provide support and reassurance and reduce the risk of accidents.
Different technologies will suit different people and assistive technology will not suit everyone. You may need to try different options to find the solution that suits you.
Assistive technology can help you be independent and to help you manage daily life. These include the following:
- Use routines and daily habits so that you have structure to your day. This will help you remember what you need to do.
- Make lists or keep a diary to help you keep track of the things you need to do, or have already done. Keep the list in a place that is easy to see or that you check every day – so that it becomes part of your daily routine.
- Many people find it helpful to have a wipe-clean board, blackboard or a wall calendar in their kitchen. You and your family can write down important things about any particular day and you can then check this easily.
- Put things you use regularly in the same place where they are easy to see. This will help you to keep track of things like keys, glasses or a diary.
Assistive technology products that give you prompts and reminders can help you stay independent and support you as you go about your daily life. They can be of particular use if you find you:
- forget where you put things;
- forget to do things; and
- have difficulty remembering how to do certain things.
For more information read our ‘Practical steps to support your independence‘ booklet which is a for people with dementia and their families. People with mild cognitive impairment and people who are experiencing memory problems may also find this booklet helpful.
In this booklet we explain what assistive technology is; give examples of how assistive technology can help you with daily life; and tell you where you can go and who you can speak to about accessing assistive technology. Click here to download a copy.
Looking for a product or device?
The following websites have lists of products and details about who you can order from
Dementia Circle: Funded by The Alzheimer Society in Scotland, this website has reviews from people with dementia and their families who have tested products; they also have helpful information sheets.
AT Dementia: provides information about assistive technology products. The website in based in England but many of suppliers listed deliver to Ireland. The site has lots of information leaflets to help you make decisions about what technology works for you.
Assistive Technology Memory Libraries in Ireland
There are a number of memory libraries and memory resource rooms which have assistive technology products on display.
You can arrange a visit by contacting the library you wish to visit. The libraries are run by the Health Service Executive, HSE. Most have an occupational therapist who can meet with you to discuss your needs.
Memory libraries in Ireland
Some staff at MTRRs have been redeployed to Covid-19 duties so the operation of MTRRs is constantly changing. To avoid you contacting MTRRs that may not be in operation at the moment Emma O’Brien will act as a central contact for any queries on a temporary basis. Emma will in turn contact the local MTRRs to confirm their status and can also answer any queries directly. Emma can be contacted @ EmmaM.Obrien@hse.ie or 087 1090799.