Helping primary care to support people with dementia

Assistive technology

Many people are happier if they can remain independent and in their own homes as long as possible. It may be necessary to make some adaptations to their homes or to use new equipment and/or assistive technology designed to enable people with dementia to remain independent for longer or make it easier for others to give support.

In some cases people with dementia may qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant in order to have adaptations made to their home – individuals can contact their local authority social services department for more information.

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  • Making your home dementia friendlyThis booklet published by the Alzheimer's Society aims to help people with dementia to live well in their own home. It describes ways to create or adapt the home environment so that it remains a safe and familiar place. This can help make daily living activities easier and keep people in touch with the things they enjoy doing.
  • Telehealth and Telecare AwareThis online information portal provides a news and information service for people interested in telecare and telehealth.
  • Dementia-friendly technology charterThe Dementia-friendly technology charter gives people with dementia and their carers information on how to access technology. It also provides guidance to health, housing and social care professionals on how to make technology work for people based on their individual needs.
  • Making your home a better place to live with dementiaThis briefing published by Care and Repair England outlines how people might adapt their homes to help better manage the symptoms associatted with dementia.
  • AT DementiaAT Dementia is web-based information resource on assistive technologies (including telecare) for people with dementia.
  • Assistive technology – devices to help with everyday livingThis factsheet published by the Alzheimer's Society explores technological developments that can help make life easier for people with dementia and their carers in certain situations.
  • Find me good careThis website developed by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is designed to help people find the right care and support to suit their needs and lifestyle, whether at a time of crisis or as they plan for the future.


  • Disabled Living FoundationThe Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) is a national charity providing impartial advice, information and training on independent living.Landmark House, Hammersmith Bridge Road, London, W6 9EJ0300 999 0004
  • Foundation for Assistive TechnologyThe Foundation for Assistive Technology aims to develop a thriving market in equipment that promotes independent living and meets the real needs of disabled and older people. 302 Tower Bridge Business Centre, 46-48 East Smithfield, London, E1W 1AW0300 330 1430
  • Assist UKAssist UK leads a UK wide network of locally-situated Disabled Living Centres. Most centres include a permanent exhibition of products and equipment that provide people with opportunities to see and try products and equipment to support them to live independently.Redbank House, 4 St Chad's Street, Manchester, M8 8QA0161 850 9757