Living at Home With Acquired Cognitive Impairment - Can Assistive Technology Help?By Molin, Goran; Pettersson, Christina; Jonsson, Oskar; Keijer, Ulf; Technology and Disability, Vol. 19, No. 2, 3, pp. 91-101
Publication Date: 2007
Paper focuses on the Empowered Living project, which has been conducted to develop an innovative approach to the introduction of assistive technology (AT) to the homes of older adults with acquired cognitive disabilities in Sweden. The technology the project administrators hope to promote should ideally help to delay a move to an assisted living facility, mainly for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as other cognitive disabilities. The Empowered Living project supports the use of a wide range of specific AT applications, including: (1) Carecall, which is a one-button cellular phone with pre-programmed numbers, which can be installed online by relatives and caregivers, (2) Locator, which consists of small emitters attached to various objects that can be identified when lost via remote control, (3) Carousel, which is a medication reminder alarm, (4) Dosis, which is another medication reminder that monitors if the user has taken the correct dosage at the correct time, (5) Talking Labels, which are small recorders that tell the user the purpose of an object or a medication, and (6) Door Speaker, which is a device that plays a pre-recorded message when the client is leaving, such as “bring your wallet, glasses, and phone.” The theory of AT as an interdisciplinary issue is discussed.
Published by: IOS Press (Website:http://www.iospress.nl)
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) (Web Site: http://www.aaate.net )