High Tech @ HomeNOT YOUR GRANDMA’S ELDERCAREROBERT KROLLMANASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST/AGING COORDINATORVIRGINIA ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMJUNE 19, 2013ALZPOSSIBLEVIRGINIA ALZHEIM ERS COM MISSIONS ALZPOSSIBLE INITIATIVE
LEARNINGOBJECTIVESBecome familiar withthe definitions ofAssistive TechnologyDevices and ServicesSee examples of anarray of AssistiveTechnologies that cansupport safely Aging inPlaceConsider how existing, newor emerging assistivetechnologies can enhanceoutcomes for the elder andthe caregiverReview a number of resourcesthat can be useful withidentification, selection,acquisition and support ofassistive technologies used tosupport elders and caregivers.
3ASSISTIVETECHNOLOGYDEVICES• Any item, piece of equipment, or productsystem that may be used by a person with adisability to perform specific tasks, improvefunctional capabilities, and become moreindependent. It can help redefine what ispossible for people with a wide range ofcognitive, physical, or sensory disabilities.ASSISTIVETECHNOLOGYSERVICES• Any service that directly assists anindividual with a disability in the selection,acquisition, or use of assistive technologydevices that result in greaterindependence, safety of comfort of anindividual.
4AssistiveTechnologyServicesEvaluationSelection of theappropriateequipmentExploring fundingoptionsCoordinate withservice providers(therapists,engineers,personalassistants)Training /Technicalassistance forthe person andsupportingindividuals
5Low-Tech, Mid-Tech and High TechDevicesHigh: Higher cost, needspecific training to learn,often customizedMid: May costmore, requiresome training,have specialdesign, oftenneed powersourceLow: Inexpensive,easily made, easyto learn, readilyavailable, easy toreplace/maintain
AT Devices Can beCustomized by:6Assistive TechnologyPractitionersOccupational therapistsPhysical therapistsRehabilitation engineersSpeech languagePathologistsCaregiversAT Users
SAFETYSafety concerns are always part of the conversationabout self care and independence. Assistivetechnologies can go a long way to reducing risks forthe care recipient and the care giver.Two areas of the home where AT can make themless dangerous are the kitchen and the bathroomareas.7
Angela SocialEngagement PlatformAngela is a social-engagement Cloud based platform that allows residents intheir homes or in assisted living facilities to access multimedia content andparticipate in video chats with family or physicians through single-click access.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qt7BYPtg1bA19 June 2013 38