Living independently is important for many individuals. There are many types of devices that can help you maintain your independence as your ability changes. Assistive Technology does not have to be costly or high tech. There are simple devices that can be used to ease daily activities, such as using rubber gloves to take a lid off a jar, or using tongs for reaching for things that are just out of reach. 

Here are some examples of Adaptive Equipment for help with daily activities:

For Getting Dressed:

  • Using a reacher or grabber to help you get clothes from your closet
  • Replace your buttons with button hooks or velcro closures
  • Get a Hip Kit. These kits contain a dressing stick, reacher, long-handled shoehorn, and sock aid. They are often recommended following hip replacement surgery to prevent leaning forward at the waist.

For Bathing:

  • Get a tub chair or bench with a back to help prevent falls
  • Install a handheld shower or grab bar to help you with balance while bathing

For Communication:

  • Use hearing aids, assistive listening devices, or amplified telephone equipment to help with listening
  • Use communication boards, speech generating devices, or augmentative communication devices for help communicating with others

These are just a few examples of daily activities that can be made more manageable using Assistive Technology. For more information on devices to assist with independent living, please contact Carolyn Boyle, Assistive Technology Coordinator at (269) 441-0949.

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