Why Assistive Technology?
Hampshire Adult Service's vision for adult social care is one that places significant emphasis on prevention and early intervention, re-ablement services and measures to avoid increasing dependency on care services. A key focus will be on the development and mainstreaming of Assistive technology. Assistive Technology will complement a range of other care and support services to ensure people are able to live safely, have their individual needs met unobtrusively and in ways that suit them.
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology is any product or service designed to enable independence for disabled and older people. Telecare, which is used to minimize risks, is often considered one of the main types of Assistive Technology. Some products are stand alone meaning they don’t need other equipment. While others need to be connected to a lifeline or pager Telecare system to work.
What Equipment is available?
Training in Assistive Technology
Knowledge and understanding
Candidates will be trained to identify situations where Assistive Technology could be used to replace or enhance existing support giving the individual more independence and control.
Candidates will learn how to promote assistive technology options to clients, colleagues and families and how to maximise the benefits of assistive technology when it is in use.
Participants will learn how to
- Identify situations in which Assistive Technology could be used to replace or enhance existing support.
- Make referrals through the appropriate channels & support clients to plan for the use of Assistive Technology.
- Demonstrate & provide support/training on Assistive Technology equipment to individuals, carers & support workers.
- Provide technical support & undertake basic equipment maintenance.
- Champion the benefits of Assistive Technology & make links to Positive Risk Taking & the Mental Capacity Act.