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Supportive aids

Supportive aids are devices or technologies that aid in the maintenance or improvement of a person's ability to function in daily life.

You can use devices and technology to assist you with a number of tasks and activities, as well as to improve your safety and monitor your health.

Assistive technology encompasses a wide range of products, from pillbox alarms (which remind you to take medication) to smart safety equipment (that can detect falls and signs of illness).

How can supportive aids help with dementia?

Download this help sheet for information on the different types of supportive aids and how they can help you throughout your dementia journey, by supporting your independence and reducing the risk of dangerous situations.

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A list of assistive technology

Alzheimer’s WA have compiled a list of dementia-friendly assistive technology (and where to find them) to help support independence, reduce carer stress and lessen risk of accidents.

Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme

A Queensland Health program that provides subsidised medical aids for eligible Queenslanders who have a permanent and stabilised condition or disability. Access to the program requires a health professional to make the application on your behalf.

Assistive Technology Assessment

LifeTec offer free information and advice about assistive technology. Qualified allied health professionals provide a needs assessment to find out if appropriate assistive technology can help you. You may be eligible to access subsidies or funding through various schemes to pay for the assistive technology.

My Dementia Companion  

A free online tool that enables you to create a personalised and practical information kit that will support navigating a dementia diagnosis.

Keep track of your daily activities

A digital noticeboard that enables independence and reduces carer overwhelm. Membo Noticeboard displays appointments and information on tablets & mobile phones. Information can be updated in real time by multiple people, including family and support teams, from all devices. The cost can be subsidised through government funded Home Care Programs.

PainChek assessment app

A mobile phone application (app) that helps people who are unable to verbalise their pain. It can be used by professional carers in residential aged care facilities or home care to assess and manage your pain. It has been clinically demonstrated to help patients with moderate to severe dementia better identify and manage their discomfort.

Assistance dogs

A not-for-profit organisation that gifts service dogs to people in need. Assistance dogs can promote confidence and independence for people living with dementia. They can offer support and companionship when at home or out in the community. Long wait periods apply.

Auto-detect falls and incidents

HomeGuardian provides an artificial intelligence assistive technology device that provides 24/7 proactive care in fall and incident detection. There are various types of funding available to eligible people through government-funded aged care and disability programs.

Independent living assistive technology

The AbiSensor is an assistive technology device that provides falls and incident detection.

Personal alerts systems

Bolton Clarke InTouch is a simple all-in-one home alert system that helps families stay connected and promotes independence. There are various types of funding available if you're eligible.

Supportive aids

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