Assistive Tech for the Home
AT for the Home:
Assistive Technology is valuable for people living with physical and sensory disability to build autonomy in their own homes and live independently. Assistive Technology is used by people living with physical and sensory disability in the
- Kitchen (cooking, cleaning and eating)
- Bathroom (Showering, toileting, washing)
And for doing things like house chores
- (cleaning, laundry, making the bed)
Smart Home Technology are assistive technology that help people living with disability. There are different types of smart home technologies available. Smart home technologies can use things already in the home like light switches, doors and TVs and make them accessible for people living with disability through apps on smart phones.
Some assistive technology that people use throughout the home are voice activated light switches and doors.
This video from Stretchy Tech, can show you what we mean:
People use assistive technology in the kitchen to increase independence and safety when cooking and eating.
Some of the different gadgets around are
- Preparation boards that help slicing, dicing, spreading and grating
- Kettle tippers - device that stands kettles on a tilted platform
- Digital measuring spoons
- Electronic jar openers
- Oven grips
Independent Living Centre has a range of assistive technology for the kitchen and household tours: https://ilcaustralia.org.au/search_category_paths/5
There are different assistive technology devices available for the bathroom. These are used to help people shower and bath. Equipment that can be used in the bathroom includes rails, shower chairs, anti-slip mats, toilet raises and bidet toilets. This equipment can help people use the bathrooms safely and promote hygiene.
People use assistive technology in the bedroom to increase independence and promote safety. An example of this is wheelchair users using hoists to assist with moving from the bed to their wheelchair. Hoists can be mobile (be attached to wheels) or be attached to the ceiling to assist wheelchair users transfer. Another type of assistive technology in the bedroom is adjustable beds. Adjustable beds can make it easier foe people living with disability to get in and out of bed.
Assistive Technology Australia have a range of Assistive Technology for the bedroom, including hoists.
In addition to getting into and getting out of bed, people use assistive technology for dressing/undressing. These include dressing sticks.
Independent Living Centre has a range of Assistive technology to support dressing/undressing: https://ilcaustralia.org.au/search_category_paths/933
Where can I access assistive technology for the home in South Australia?
Address: 21/23 Tikalara St, Regency Park SA 5010
Areas served: Adelaide and nearby areas
Phone: (08) 8118 5600
Independent Living Centre
Phone: 1300 855 866
Home Care Equipment:
11B Myer Court
Beverley SA 5009
(08) 8338 7988
Unit 2/27 Anzac Hwy
Keswick SA 5035
(08) 8293 5503
Address: 1 South Rd, Thebarton SA 5031
Phone: 1300 668 482
TADSA (Technology for Ageing and Disability)
31 Blacks Rd Gilles Plains SA 5086
PO Box 1096, Gilles Plains SA 5092
E: firstname.lastname@example.org (08) 8261 2922
Your local library may also offer the ability to ‘borrow’ equipment to test and use.
*Please note, resources and service providers that supply Assistive Technology change frequently. This website is up to date as of January 2022.