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Tired ideas and social stigmas mean that useful products can be hard to find. There are so many products that could help you with everyday tasks. Find out here how you can stay independent with assistive products today!

What is assistive technology?

‘Assistive technology is an umbrella term covering the systems and services related to the delivery of assistive products and services. Assistive products maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence, thereby promoting their wellbeing.’ - World Health Organisation 

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Research has found older people fear losing their independence more than death. But you can improve your independence! Did you know that making healthy choices and using assistive products works? Both can help you regain and then maintain your ability to do everyday tasks.

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Studies show that roughly 50% of the common problems older people have with everyday tasks can be improved. You can reduce the challenges you face by using basic assistive products or by making simple changes to your home.  

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Get the right help for you! An occupational therapist can help you find and use assistive products.  A professional tradesperson can make sure changes to your home are right for you, while meeting Australian Standards.

Making Choices Finding Solutions

The guide below will help you find and choose simple assistive products to help you every day.

Assistive products, as well as basic changes to your home, can help you control how you live your life.

You'll find lots of suggested products from well-known retailers and reliable online stores. As you turn each page the links will light up!

You'll also find useful tips and advice from occupational therapists. Flip through the guide below for more.

The guide below will help you find and choose simple assistive products to help you every day.

Assistive products, as well as basic changes to your home, can help you control how you live your life.

You'll find lots of suggested products from well-known retailers and reliable online stores. As you turn each page the links will light up!

You'll also find useful tips and advice from occupational therapists. Flip through the guide below for more.

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What are home modifications?

Home modifications are changes made to your home so that you can do the tasks and activities that you want to do. The aim is to reduce any barriers, pain or difficulty so that you can enjoy your life.

In each area of your home, there are simple modifications you can make that don’t involve structural changes to your house.

You’ll also find advice on who to talk to for additional support and guidance.

Home modifications are changes made to your home so that you can do the tasks and activities that you want to do. The aim is to reduce any barriers, pain or difficulty so that you can enjoy your life.

In each area of your home, there are simple modifications you can make that don’t involve structural changes to your house.

You’ll also find advice on who to talk to for additional support and guidance.

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The role of a tradesperson

A qualified trade person has the expertise to help you make changes to your home.  Builders, plumbers, and electricians can help you with:

  • Choosing the right materials
  • Technical advice
  • Abiding by building codes and Australian Standards
  • Understanding the practical elements of making changes to your home.

A qualified trade person has the expertise to help you make changes to your home.  Builders, plumbers, and electricians can help you with:

  • Choosing the right materials
  • Technical advice
  • Abiding by building codes and Australian Standards
  • Understanding the practical elements of making changes to your home.
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The role of allied heath professionals

Allied health professionals are university qualified health practitioners with specialised expertise in preventing, diagnosing, and treating a range of conditions and illnesses.

Allied health services are readily available in your community. Access to these services may be supported through government programs or other sources of funding including the Department of Veteran Affairs, Medicare, My Aged Care, private health insurance, and community health services.

Allied health professionals include occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, and podiatrists.

Allied health professionals are university qualified health practitioners with specialised expertise in preventing, diagnosing, and treating a range of conditions and illnesses.

Allied health services are readily available in your community. Access to these services may be supported through government programs or other sources of funding including the Department of Veteran Affairs, Medicare, My Aged Care, private health insurance, and community health services.

Allied health professionals include occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, and podiatrists.

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Occupational therapists

The primary goal of an occupational therapist is to enable you to participate in the activities of everyday life. This could mean adapting a task, modifying your environment, or addressing personal factors to increase your independence and wellbeing.

If you think your home may require some equipment or modifications, like grab rails or a shower chair, an occupational therapist can help you decide what you need and where.

Speak to your doctor about medications and other health conditions, as these may need to be reviewed before an occupational therapist can be referred.

The primary goal of an occupational therapist is to enable you to participate in the activities of everyday life. This could mean adapting a task, modifying your environment, or addressing personal factors to increase your independence and wellbeing.

If you think your home may require some equipment or modifications, like grab rails or a shower chair, an occupational therapist can help you decide what you need and where.

Speak to your doctor about medications and other health conditions, as these may need to be reviewed before an occupational therapist can be referred.

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Physiotherapists

A physiotherapist assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapists are experts in movement and physical function.

A physiotherapist can help you to recover, maintain, and improve your range of movement so that you can stay active, as well as help you prevent injury. They can prescribe assistive products like joint braces, walking sticks, and walking frames to help you maintain your independence. 

Speak to your doctor about health conditions and medications, as these may need to be reviewed before a physiotherapist can be referred.

A physiotherapist assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapists are experts in movement and physical function.

A physiotherapist can help you to recover, maintain, and improve your range of movement so that you can stay active, as well as help you prevent injury. They can prescribe assistive products like joint braces, walking sticks, and walking frames to help you maintain your independence. 

Speak to your doctor about health conditions and medications, as these may need to be reviewed before a physiotherapist can be referred.

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Speech pathologists

As we age our vocal chords can become less elastic and the larynx or voice box muscles can weaken, making it difficult to talk. A speech pathologist is trained to focus on speech, language, voice, cognition, and swallowing difficulties.

A speech pathologist can identify, assess, and diagnose communication difficulties. They help restore how you express yourself and how you listen to and communicate with others. They also use assistive products like apps, symbols boards, and communication software to improve your independence. 

Speak to your doctor about being referred to a speech pathologist. 

As we age our vocal chords can become less elastic and the larynx or voice box muscles can weaken, making it difficult to talk. A speech pathologist is trained to focus on speech, language, voice, cognition, and swallowing difficulties.

A speech pathologist can identify, assess, and diagnose communication difficulties. They help restore how you express yourself and how you listen to and communicate with others. They also use assistive products like apps, symbols boards, and communication software to improve your independence. 

Speak to your doctor about being referred to a speech pathologist. 

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Podiatrists

A podiatrist is an expert in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and management of medical conditions and injuries of the foot, ankle and lower limb.

They can help you recover, maintain and improve the condition of your feet and lower legs so that you can stay healthy, happy, and active. Podiatrists prescribe assistive products like custom shoe insoles, orthotics, splints, and braces, as well as recommending the best shoehorns, foot care, and footwear. 

Speak to your doctor about being referred to a podiatrist.

A podiatrist is an expert in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and management of medical conditions and injuries of the foot, ankle and lower limb.

They can help you recover, maintain and improve the condition of your feet and lower legs so that you can stay healthy, happy, and active. Podiatrists prescribe assistive products like custom shoe insoles, orthotics, splints, and braces, as well as recommending the best shoehorns, foot care, and footwear. 

Speak to your doctor about being referred to a podiatrist.

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