Sensory Aprons as Assistive Technology
Assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, product or system, whether acquired commercially, off-the-shelf, modified, customised or home made that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with cognitive, physical or communication disabilities. An example of the sensory aprons as assistive technology is aimed at supporting people with dementia and staff as they act as a distraction, a manageable intellectual stimulation and more supportive of person-centred care.
The benefits of assistive technology is that it lets people with dementia make more decisions for themselves, offers safer and more secure living, gives people more dignity, reassures family members about the level and quality of care, are efficient and cost effective and offset the need for more restrictive options to manage challenging behaviour.
It is important that assistive technology is not noisy or humiliating. When an organisation is considering technologies to use or planning to get new ones, thought needs to be given to the different types. They needs to look at practical, useful and affordable technology, use technology to improve independence and promote quality of life and assess long-term cost-effectiveness of technology.