Assistive technology

Dementia makes aspects of day-to-day life more difficult for the person living with the condition, and in some cases it may also put them at risk. Around the home, things like repeatedly mislaying keys can be frustrating, while others like leaving the gas unlit can be dangerous. This page looks at some of the devices and technologies that can make getting on with life easier for people with dementia and their carers. It also suggests the steps someone can take if they think that they, or someone they are caring for, could benefit from some of these.

Alzheimer's Society has worked with a number of other organisations to produce a Dementia-friendly technology charter that provides more information about assistive technology and how it can help people. This is available at alzheimers.org.uk/technologycharter.

There are many different ways that devices can help people with dementia. This page does not cover some basic items that can help people to cope with memory loss (eg a simple calendar, a noticeboard or sticky notes). For more information on these see Alzheimer's Society booklet 1540, The memory handbook.

Similarly, items designed for problems with mobility, continence, sight and hearing are not considered to be assistive technology. These include mobility aids, continence devices and pressure relief mattresses. For information about these types of solutions see page: Equipment, adaptations and improvements to the home.