Assistive technology for independent living
Technology has transformed many aspects of everyday life, and today there are many clever devices available to help older people stay safe and independent at home.
Personal alarms can help people who live alone to feel safer and more secure by providing contact to the outside world in the event of an emergency.
Telecare systems make use of new technology to help people in later life continue to live independently. We explain your options and how they can be used in the home.
Our guide to memory gadgets that help people with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss stay safer and more independent at home.
Easy-to-use mobile phones
If you would prefer a phone that’s easy to use, there are various simple models available, as well as specialist phones and apps for those with memory problems.
How smart technology can help in later life
Smart technology – including smart hubs, plugs, alarms and light bulbs – can be used to make your home more secure and help you stay independent for longer.
The pros and cons of using assistive technology
Assistive technology can help you live with greater freedom and independence, but it shouldn’t be seen as a replacement for one-to-one contact and support.
Up-to-date advice and information from Which? to help older people stay safe during the coronavirus crisis.
We explain your options for making bathing easier – including walk-in baths, walk-in showers and wet rooms.
We explain the options for getting a wheelchair, from the NHS service and rental options to buying one privately.