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Seniors have thousands of products to choose from that make home life easier. These products—that go by the names assistive technology devices (ATDs), senior living aids, enabling devices, and adaptive devices—are designed to help you perform tasks and activities if you are unable to.
These tools or services help you get around, see, eat, open things, communicate, get out of bed, get off the couch, get dressed, turn your car’s ignition, and many more daily activities. These assistive devices for the elderly allow you to live the easiest life possible. The benefits these senior living products provide could make the difference between living independently at home and living with assistance.
Here’s a list of ATDs. See if one of these fits your needs.
When determining what you may need to assist you, talk to professionals (e.g. an audiologist for hearing devices), family and friends, especially those people who are familiar with your home life and potential needs.
Additionally, the Administration on Aging (AOA) recommends that seniors “plan ahead and think about how their needs might change over time.” For example, can that computer you’re buying be updated or expanded in the future with newer hardware. The AOA says to consider these questions before buying senior assistive devices or services:
Medicare Part B pays up to 80% of assistive technology devices or as Medicare says, “durable medical equipment”. This, according to Medicare, is “medical equipment that is ordered by a doctor (or, if Medicare allows, a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or clinical nurse specialist) for use in the home.
A hospital or nursing home that mostly provides skilled care can’t qualify as a “home” in this situation. These medical items must be reusable, such as walkers, wheelchairs, or hospital beds.”
If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Out-of-pocket and private health insurance are other ways to pay for ATDs. Most insurance companies, however, will not pay for expensive assisted living devices like motorized scooters.
Assistive Technology Devices are designed to make life for seniors easier. Some assisted living aids are as simple as a key lever while others, like a stair elevator, are far more complex and costly. Once you determine what your needs are, you should have no problem finding a product that fits your needs. For even more tips on making your life easy, check out Aging Well: The Choice Is Ours.
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