Technology can lend a helping hand and improve the quality of life for people living with disability. Home automation systems that integrate doors, lights, airconditioning and security systems require less human interaction and are sophisticated enough to adapt and respond to the home’s environmental conditions. Automatically adjusting climate control, turning on and off lights at a particular time of day and ensuring doors are locked at night, not only offers convenience but peace of mind for family and caregivers. Control is simplified by using a centralised app-based system that can be used both at home, or remotely by family and caregivers. Devices can be triggered using voice commands, touch and movement sensors to allow for ease of use for those living with disability.
Limited movement or coordination Tasks such as turning the lights on, opening blinds or adjusting the temperature of an airconditioner can be automated or triggered with voice control.
Sensory impairment Intercom systems can assist with identification of visitors before allowing access and remotely opening doors. Audio systems and text notifications installed in key areas of the house can be linked to doorbells and phones allowing a visual alert in place of the traditional sounds.
Cognitive impairment Families and caregivers can discretely monitor their loved one’s safety while home automation systems assist with carrying out day-to-day tasks.
What are the NDIS assistive technology levels of support?
Level One - Basic Assistive Technology
Low Cost Assistive Technology (AT), less than $1500.
Safe to use and does not require too much assistance when setting up.
Products in this level include: alert systems, adapted grips, mobility, door bells and watches.
Level Two - Standard Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology off the shelf from specialist AT suppliers.
Minor adjustments are required.
Assessments may be required depending on availability and individual circumstances.
Products in this level include: bathing and toilet systems, vision and hearing devices, laundry and washing adaptions, grab rails, ramps, basic seating and basic transfer equipment.
Level Three - Specialised Assistive Technology
Similar to level 2 but quite often requires more modification to suit the challenges of the participant.
An assessment is required by an Occupational Therapist.
A quote and design is required demonstrating the supply, set up and on going maintenance.
Products in this level include: non complex devices or software for communication, specialised vision and hearing devices used with PC's and smart equipment like iPads/laptops and smart phones.
Environmental control including airconditioning heating and cooling, bathing and toileting configurations.
Level Four - Complex Assistive Technology
Customised Assistive Technology solutions.
Will require a specialist to complete an assessment.
Includes complex bathing and toileting configurations.
Includes specialised vision and hearing devices used in conjunction with PC's and smart equipment such as iPads/laptops and smart phones.
Includes complex home modifications.
Includes residential communication devices.
Includes voice control.
Includes complex environmental control such as airconditioning heating and cooling.