Gadgets and lifeline

Assistive technology is any product or service that maintains or improves the ability of individuals with disabilities or impairments to communicate, learn and live independent, fulfilling and productive lives.

Areas that technology can support

  • Reducing falls and help with being safe at home and in the community, such as cooking, cleaning, financial budgeting, undertaking personal care
  • Dressing appropriately for the weather
  • Reducing isolation and loneliness, a bigger killer than a lifetime of smoking* World Health Organisation.
  • Help with walking, finding your way, using public transport
  • Help with memory, locking up, appointments, finding places, remembering people
  • Help with your medication compliance

Examples of technology to support you

  • Telecare (Lifeline) support and assistance provided at a distance via a personal alarm
  • Independent for longer (Real examples of technology enabled care services in action)
  • Hft virtual smart house (Interactive demonstration of some the technologies which can be used to support people at home.)
  • AT dementia (Provides information on Assistive Technology that can help people with dementia live more independently.)
  • NHS Choices health apps library (Interactive tools, apps and podcasts to help you manage your health and care) 
  • My health apps (A quick and easy way to find trusted apps)


AskSARA is an online self-help guide that is useful if you are not sure which items might help you.

How can I find out more?

If you would like more information on how assistive technology can support your needs please request an assessment from Occupational Therapy:

Contact Occupational Therapy


Visit the shop or have a look around the virtual house to see what products are available to you.

Important things to consider:

  • Identify the issue you are trying to address, for instance an individual might want to take their own medication but sometimes they might forget.
  • Be clear who the technology is supporting, the individual or the carer. Sometimes it will be both parties. The person using or benefiting from the technology must be involved in the process and give their consent to the solution. If someone is not able to give consent a 'best interest' decision should be made as described in the Mental Capacity Act.
  • Will any modifications be required to the home or doorway to install the device? Will spare batteries be required?
  • Some gadgets may require a maintenance agreement with manufacturers or the company who provide the service.
  • Plan a 'response protocol' with the individual being supported. This is a safeguard to make sure a person's needs are met if they don't respond to their gadget or their gadget fails. For instance, if someone does not respond to their prompt to take their medication, an additional prompt or an alert to a carer might be necessary.
  • Has the technological solution achieved the expected outcome? Sometimes additional benefits are experienced such as increased independence and confidence, this might suggest that other solutions could be useful.
  • Do the relevant people involved in the individual's life know about the technology being used and why?

Personal alarm

One of the simplest forms of Telecare is a personal alarm.

The alarm consists of a button - often in the form of a pendant worn around the neck, or on the wrist, and a base unit that works with your telephone system. Your base unit will receive a signal from your pendant and will be linked to a monitoring centre.

When you push your pendant, your call will go via your telephone line to the monitoring centre, which is staffed by trained operators who will answer your alarm call on any day of the year, 24 hours a day.

How do I access this service?

Olympus Care Services offer Telecare support as one of their services.

Contact Olympus Care Services​

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