Assistive Technology (AT) is anything that supports you to do things that you either can’t do, or can no longer do by yourself. It can be simple, like alternative cutlery, or more complex, such as a communication device, and everything in between.
The AT you use depends on your needs and abilities, and so different people can use a wide range of assistive tech – however, there are products that are prescribed or used very frequently for a variety of reasons, or products that are just popular and well-liked among both health professionals and their clients!
Our National Equipment Database is a catalogue of over 27,000 AT products. We’ve gathered the 10 most popular products here to assist in your search for the right AT.
Ergonomic and accessible, this tippable kettle will reduce strain on your wrist and hand and prevent burns or spillages. The kettle is weighted and stable, with a non-slip base, and easily tips forward to pour hot water for your tea, or into a pot for cooking. It also features an auto-shut off to avoid overheating or burning and is easy to fill and clean with the removable kettle and base.
This revolutionary spoon enables independent eating for people with limited hand and arm mobility, such as those with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, post-stroke deficits, Huntington’s disease, or Parkinson’s disease. The ELISpoon mechanically counteracts tremors and balances automatically to allow for easier eating and use of the spoon. It comes in two sizes to meet your needs.
This fall alarm pendant has a number of features that keep you or your loved ones safe. It features 4G coverage, an SOS alarm, voice alerts that can be sent to the emergency contact, and an alarm that sounds if a fall occurs, as well as a warning of potential falls. For peace of mind for the wearer and their family, the BlueAssist Pro Pendant also features a geofence alert, and location tracking, so that the wearer can be located in an emergency. It’s small, waterproof, and easy to use and carry.
This comfy chair is a great seating option that is adjustable and supportive. It has a high back, padded seat with a wider width, and lumbar support for a comfortable and ergonomic position. The padded armrests are not only comfortable, but also assist with standing, and the reinforced frame is sturdy and strong.
The SureSafeGo Medical Alert is a simple and stylish fall alarm pendant – and the best part is, it looks just like a smart watch! It is fantastic for users who need a medical or falls alert, but don’t like the look of one. It features 4G coverage, an SOS button, and also tracks the user’s heart rate and other vital information, alerting their emergency contacts if a fall occurs, or if there is a medical emergency.
This smart watch style alarm is quick and easy to use and ensures that your loved ones are safe, and you have peace of mind. It has a SIM card installed and ready to go, and features emergency SOS calls, fall detection, and live GPS tracking, including an app for emergency contacts. The NutTAG instantly alerts friends and family in case of an emergency. Wearers can use it exactly like a smart watch, including making and receiving calls, video chatting, and messaging, so that you are always in touch with your loved ones.
This cutting board is a staple in any home, and is fantastic for all kitchen tasks. A chef’s knife is attached to the board for easing chopping and slicing, and can be removed for cleaning and sharpening as well. Three stainless steel spikes can hold vegetables or other foods for cutting or peeling, and guards in the corner help with securing foods like bread, so that spreading butter or jam is more accessible. There are suction cups on the bottom to ensure that it won’t move during use, and the whole board is dishwasher safe for easy clean up.
You get the best of both worlds with this dual-purpose mobility aid. It can be used as a wheeled walker, perfect for getting out and about, but it can be easily converted into a transit wheelchair. The footplates are tucked away while in the walker mode but swing into position to allow the user to rest their feet while using the wheelchair. The back rest, which can support shopping bags or other items while using the chair as a walker, can be re-positioned in the opposite direction to provide back support for the user. The whole chair folds down to a compact size for convivence and transportation and can be swiftly unfolded for your needs.
The Assist-A-Tray is a couch-side handle that makes it easy to stand from your favourite couch or chair. It comes with a convenient multi-use swivel tray so you can eat, surf the web, or simply keep handy items close by. The Assist-A-Tray blends in with your living room (like another piece of furniture) so you can maintain the comforting feeling of your home.
Ideal for those who have difficulty reaching their toes, this long reach nail clipper has stainless steel blades on a 45-degree angle for easy access, to allow you to maintain your personal hygiene in an accessible way.
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