Assistive Technology Fact Sheets

Being informed and building knowledge is one of the greatest tools. Knowing how things work and the benefits of that knowledge you’ll acquire here is invaluable. This page has a list of fact sheets to help explain assistive technology and everything relating to it. Whether you require tips or want to increase your knowledge on the AT equipment, communication devices, wheelchair , walking aids, office ergonomics equipment or other aids for everyday living, LifeTec has complied a range of fact sheets for your convenience.

Use these resources to make more informed decisions with impartial advice. Our health professionals are continually adding to and updating these fact sheets. If there are areas that you’d like to see covered or need more information on, please email us.

Access

Access to Private Homes - Doors and Intercoms

Do you want to be able to come and go more independently? Do you have difficulty operating a key or using your door handle or opening your door? There are many devices that can help make it easier to open doors and control entry to your property. Learn more about these options by downloading this fact sheet!

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Beds & Bed Equipment

Bed Mobility and Transfers

Do you want to be able to transfer from your bed safely and easily or without assistance? Do you want to make the task of turning over in bed or moving up or down the bed easier? Getting in and out of your bed can become more difficult over time due to illness, injury or a due to any condition which results in a change in muscle strength, balance or joint range of movement. There are a range of aids available on the market which can help to compensate for changes in function, and increase independence in bed mobility and/or bed transfers. These include electric beds and over bed self-help bed poles.

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Pressure Cushions

Do you have pain or discomfort when sitting in your wheelchair or seat? Do you spend long periods sitting in the same position? Pressure cushions can assist in preventing the development of pressure areas and aid comfort. Pressure cushions alone will not remove the risk of developing pressure areas. They should be used in conjunction with other pressure management strategies, including regular position changes and good skin care.

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Pressure Injury Prevention and Management

A pressure injury is an injury to an area of skin or the soft tissue underneath. These nearly always develop in places where there are bones right under the skin. Pressure injuries may also be called bedsores, pressure sores, or pressure ulcers. The injury can occur on the surface of the skin, or it can be very deep.  Pressure ulcers are easy to prevent but difficult to treat. Download this fact sheet for more information!

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Communication, Reading & Writing

AAC - Dedicated Devices

Speech-generating devices are devices that speak a message out loud when you choose it by using symbols, pictures or by writing it. There are many systems or devices with different software and features. It is recommended you trial at least two different options with a Speech Pathologist before choosing the best option for your needs. ‘Dedicated’ devices are built solely for communication. Download this fact sheet for more information!

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AAC - Low Tech

Do you, or someone you know: Wish it was easier to get your message across? Want a reliable way to communicate anywhere? Low-tech AAC aids are non-electronic communication systems. These can include communication books, visual schedules, and other symbol or text boards. They can be used with other communication aids, or on their own. There are many low-tech communication systems that help people communicate more effectively. Download this fact sheet for more information!

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AAC - Mainstream Speech Generating Devices

Speech-generating devices are devices that speak a message out loud when you choose it by using symbols, pictures or by writing it. There are various softwares (i.e. programs or apps) with different features available. It’s recommended you trial at least two different options with a Speech Pathologist before choosing the best device for your needs. ‘Mainstream’ devices are available for anyone to buy and are not made solely for AAC. This includes tablets with Windows, Android and iOS (iPad). Communication apps or software can be added to these devices to create a ‘mainstream speech generating device’. These can be tailored to your needs.

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Assistive Technologies for Vision

Do you wish items of your pantry could be read out to you? Would you like to be able to independently control YOUR TV channels? Or check your own body temperature when you are sick? There are various devices that can magnify text/images for you, read text aloud to you and alert you for an event. Download this fact sheet for more information!

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Assistive Technology for Voice Amplification

Do you, or someone you know have a reduced volume of speech? Have trouble being understood due to a voice volume disorder? There are a variety of options when it comes to voice amplification. Different voice amplifiers vary in the features they offer. It is best to trial a range of options to determine which voice amplification option is the most suitable for you. Voice amplification may assist people with vocal cord injuries, people with low voice volume due to degenerative conditions, or anyone who needs to use a high-volume voice for long periods of time. They can compensate for lower volume and reduce the need for someone to strain their voice to be heard. This may help to reduce vocal fatigue (a tired voice) and promote better vocal hygiene (looking after your voice and keeping it healthy).

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Low Vision Magnifiers

Do you have difficulty reading the newspaper or reading a menu at a restaurant?  Do you have difficulty reading your mail or completing documents and forms? Living with low vision can often prevent us from everyday reading tasks or exclude people from engaging in recreational activities that rely a good level of vision. There is however a range of low vision magnification aids on the market to make everyday living easier for people with low vision. Download this fact sheet for more information!

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Phone Options for Low vision

Do you wish your phone was easier to see or use? Do you want to use your mobile phone to stay in touch when you are out and about? Do you use your phone for work, family or to stay  socially connected to your friends? Various telephones and smart phone options are available for people with vision loss and offer features that are easier to use. Download this fact sheet for more information!

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Computer Access & Environmental Control

Computer Access

Do you have trouble using a computer or mobile device? Are the standard mouse, keyboard or touch screen options not working for you? There are many other ways you can access a computer or mobile device, from built-in accessibility settings to special mouse and keyboard alternatives. Download this fact sheet for more information!

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Keyboards and Alternatives

Do you wish your keyboard was easier to use? Do you want to write things for yourself rather than asking someone to do this for you? Alternative keyboards, software and accessibility settings can help make this possible! These alternative keyboard options can reduce fatigue and pain, make typing easier or faster, and assist with visual or physical impairments.

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Mouse Alternatives

Do you want to be able to use the mouse yourself, rather than relying on help from others? Alternative mice, software, and accessibility settings can help make this possible! These alternative mouse options may help to reduce fatigue and pain, increase accuracy, or make computer navigation easier for people with injury or disabilities.

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Emergency Call Systems

Monitored Emergency Call Systems

Monitored emergency call systems (ECS) provide 24/7 access to assistance through a call centre. All supplier monitored ECS should include: Ongoing monitoring service with two way voice contact through a high-quality speaker phone.

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Unmonitored Emergency Call System

A non-monitored emergency call system includes a pendant and a control box or phone which is connected to the telephone network (via landline or mobile network). When an incident occurs, the pendant is activated by the user which sends a signal to the control box which dials through to the programmed emergency contacts or sends a voice or text message.

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Positive Ageing Journey

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Mindfulness

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Recreation

Bikes and Cycling

Would you like to improve your fitness and get out and about on a bike? Would you like your child to have the confidence and freedom to ride a bike or trike? Do you know you can get specialised bikes and cycles to make riding possible? Check out the options available in this fact sheet!

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Seating

Assistive Technology for Comfortable Seating

Do you sometimes have difficulty transferring from a day or dining chair?  Are you looking for a more supportive or comfortable seat and backrest? Would you like to be able to elevate your legs easily while sitting in a chair? Selecting the right chair can lead to an increase in independence and safety and allow the user to engage in activities that are meaningful to them. Download this fact sheet for more information!

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Pressure Cushions

Do you have pain or discomfort when sitting in your wheelchair or seat? Do you spend long periods sitting in the same position? Pressure cushions can assist in preventing the development of pressure areas and aid comfort. Pressure cushions alone will not remove the risk of developing pressure areas. They should be used in conjunction with other pressure management strategies, including regular position changes and good skin care.

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Pressure Injury Prevention and Management

A pressure injury is an injury to an area of skin or the soft tissue underneath. These nearly always develop in places where there are bones right under the skin. Pressure injuries may also be called bedsores, pressure sores, or pressure ulcers. The injury can occur on the surface of the skin, or it can be very deep.  Pressure ulcers are easy to prevent but difficult to treat. Download this fact sheet for more information!

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Specialised Wheelchair Seating

Do you want to make sure you are supported and stable in your wheelchair when moving about? Do you find your wheelchair uncomfortable to use, or find it hard to take part in daily life when you don’t have the right support? You can choose specialised seating options to keep you comfortable and pain-free, provide the support needed to make tasks easier and to prevent or limit changes to muscles, joints or posture. Download this fact sheet for more information!

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Smart Phone Apps

Understanding Apps

Apps for Carers

Apps for Prompting & Scheduling

Apps for Health & Wellness

Apps for Wheelchair Users

Apps for Location Tracking

Smart Assistive Technology

What is Smart Assistive Technology?

Walking & Mobility Aids

Walkers

Would you like to find out more about walkers? Do you require extra support or safety and stability when walking? There are different types of walkers and a number of names used for walkers – these include hopper frame, rollator, wheelie-walker, and Zimmer frame. It is important that the correct walker is selected to suit each person’s goals, ability and requirements. The advice of a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist is valuable in selecting the most appropriate walker, and for advice on the correct adjustment and use.

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Wheelchairs

Wheeled Mobility Devices

Do you want to get around your home, workplace or community? Are you finding it hard to walk long distances or use a walking stick or walking frame? Do you want a mobility option that is easy to use and suits your environment? Download this fact sheet for more information about wheeled mobility devices. Speak to your Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist for more information.

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Powered Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters

Do you want to get around easily at home or in your community? Are you looking for mobility options to access the places you want to go? Do you want to be able to move about independently, quickly or safely? Powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters are designed to be used by a range of people with impaired mobility. Mobility scooters are designed to be used outdoors for longer distances. Power drive wheelchairs can be used both indoors and outdoors, depending on the model. Speak to your Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to discuss what you want to achieve with a powered wheelchair or scooter.

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Manual Wheelchairs and Specialised Strollers

Do you want to get around the home, workplace or community? Do you want something that’s lighter and more portable than a scooter or power wheelchair? Do you want a mobility option that can be used without power? There are a lot of choices when it comes to wheelchairs. Strollers are not quite as versatile but still have a range of features. Speak to your Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist for more information.

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Vocational Aids & Equipment

Workstation Ergonomics

Do you want to be able to adjust your position regularly while you work at a workstation and use your computer? Do you want to reduce the risk of long term injury to your upper limbs, neck or back? A workstation that has been set up correctly with the right equipment can lead to safe and efficient  computer use. Deciding on the right equipment or accessories should consider several factors. These include the physical dimensions of the user, pre-existing injuries or medical conditions, the current workstation equipment, and your intended work tasks. Input from a health professional or occupational therapist is often required to ensure a good fit between the workstation and the person.

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Medications

Medication Management

Medication aids are designed to assist a person to take their medication effectively and easily. There are a number of medication organisers and pill reminders that can be used in a variety of environments such as private homes, hospitals, nursing homes, at school, in the community and in the workplace. Compliance with medication taking is important to ensure that medication prescribed by your pharmacist or doctor is taken at the correct time with the correct dose. Medication aids can assist people who forget to take their medication on a regular basis or due to cognitive impairment. Selection of medication aids can depend on a number of factors including the persons’ preference, size of the aid, how often medication is taken, portability, price and functional features. Remember to always dispose of any unwanted or out-of-date medications, and store medications in a locked cabinet when not in use.

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Home Modifications

Top Ten Tips When Designing a Bathroom

Top ten tips when designing a bathroom for over 50’s.

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Top Ten Tips for Home Design

Top ten tips when designing a home compiled by our home modification coordinator.

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Smart Door Locks & Alert Options

For those individuals experiencing standard door or key locks, there are many alternatives solutions available to complete the unlocking and locking task.

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Smart Plugs & Lights

For those individuals experiencing standard door or key locks, there are many alternatives solutions available to complete the unlocking and locking task.

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Funding Options for Home Modifications

We all have a wish to remain in our own homes. Sometimes, completing activities of daily living can become difficult or unsafe, leading to a need for some environmental changes. These can be anything from installing a lever tap to installing a grab rail beside a set or stairs all the way through to major bathroom modifications. It is important to be aware of potential funding options for home modifications so that contact can be made with the right service in the first instance.

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Funding

Funding for Assistive Technology - Australian Capital Territory

Download this fact sheet for information on various funding options in the Australian Capital Territory.

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Funding for Assistive Technology - National

Download this fact sheet for more information about national funding for Assistive Technologies.

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Funding for Assistive Technology - New South Wales

Download this fact sheet for more information about funding for Assistive Technologies in NSW.

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Funding for Assistive Technology - Northern Territory

Download this fact sheet for more information on funding for Assistive Technologies in the Northern Territory.

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Funding for Assistive Technology - Queensland

Download this fact sheet for more information about funding for Assistive Technology in Queensland.

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Funding for Assistive Technology - South Australia

Download this fact sheet for more information about funding for Assistive Technology in South Australia.

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Funding for Assistive Technology - Tasmania

Download this fact sheet for more information about funding for Assistive Technology in Tasmania.

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Funding for Assistive Technology - Western Australia

Download this fact sheet for information on funding for Assistive Technology in Western Australia.

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Funding for Assistive Technology if All Else Fails

Download this fact sheet for information on funding for Assistive Technology if all other options fail.

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Funding Options for Assistive Technology

Download this fact sheet for information on funding for Assistive Technologies.

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