Assistive Technology – What is it?

Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment or software that is used to increase, maintain, or improve an individual’s ability to perform daily tasks.  It is designed to support security and safety, whilst providing a less intrusive living environment.

Olympus Care Services were formed by Northamptonshire County Council and are one of several providers. Their Assistive Technology (AT) Team supports individuals with:

  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Sight impairment
  • Forgetfulness
  • Physical frailty and who are prone to falls
  • Learning disability

Their team of professionals have and continue to make a huge impact on the lives of hundreds of people by:

  • Helping customers to remain in their own homes, instead of residential care.
  • Enabling customers to quickly contact someone in an emergency.
  • Ensuring visually impaired customer are able to move safely around their home.
  • Providing specialist equipment to alert customers with hearing equipment.
  • Providing reassurance to family and friends that a loved one is and well. 

Here are some of the ways that they can help:

  • Installing a 24 hour emergency response solution such as a lifeline unit.
  • Installing movement detectors and personal triggers such as the Canary Monitoring system.
  • Installing life-saving smoke and flood detectors to alert you in an emergency.
  • Fitting police and home insurance approved key safes.
  • Installing specialist alerts such as an amplified doorbell for individuals with hearing loss.
  • Helping you learn daily life skills and to overcome mobility challenges.
  • Providing you with walking aids and helping you to apply for a guide dog.
  • Organising registration cards and specialist rehabilitation if you have a visual impairment.

For additional support and reassurance around the clock, some of their safety products can also be connected to 24 hour specialist call centres.

Click here to be taken to the Olympus Care Services' website for more details and prices. Other providers are available, contact our Support Line for details.