Home Safety andAssistive Devices 

Age can sometimes bring with it increasing challenges in carrying out the activities of daily life.  Assistive and adaptive aids help compensate for changes in mobility, vision, hearing, chronic medical conditions and disabilities.  By using aids that range from simple kitchen gadgets to high technology, Seniors can maintain or enhance their independence and safety. 

The following links provide information about the selection and use of assistive devices, as well as some helpful hints about home safety for autonomous seniors.  

You may also want to look at the sections on Fall PreventionDaily Phone Calls, and Medical Alert Systems.

Go For It
A guide to choosing and using assistive devices published by the Government of Canada.

Division of Aging and Seniors
Several publications with regards to assistive devices and home safety.

Health Canada- Assistive Devices
Provides information regarding assistive devices

CHIP (Communicaid for Hearing Impaired Persons)
This Montreal-based non-profit volunteer organization provides support, workshops, events for hearing-impaired people
Tel: (514) 482-0500

Quebec Office of Handicapped Persons (Q.O.H.P.)
The Q.O.H.P. currently provides some funding for some rehabilitative and adaptive aids. 
Tel: (514) 873-3905

Home Adaptations for Seniors' Independence HASI - Québec 
The Home Adaptation for Seniors' Independence (HASI) Program grants financial assistance to low-income seniors aged 65 or over to help them make minor adaptations to their homes or apartments. 

Residential Adaptation Assistance Program RAAP - Québec 
The RAAP is intended to help people with disabilities cover the cost of work needed to adapt their homes and make them accessible.

Tetra Society 
A volunteer-based organisation specialising in the custom design of individualised assistive devices, based in BC.  Look here for inspiring ideas and help.

Aroga Group 
Based in Vancouver, the Aroga Group provides assistive and adaptive technology, including blindness products, low vision products, communication aids, learning disability software and devices, and computer access components.

Government of Canada - Information & Communications Technologies (ICT)
Assistive Device Companies links can be searched by province and by needs.

Ontario Caregiver Coalition
Under the Health and Daily Living section under Caregiver Resources, there are a number of articles addressing assistive living and home safety:

Hearing Assistance 

DAY TO DAY LIVING
Home Safety and 
Assistive Devices
Housing/Residences
Legal/Financial Issues
Recreation and
Community Centres
Transportation and 
Driving Concerns
Homecare
Food
Personal Safety

MEDICAL RESOURCES
Conditions/Ailments
Health Information
Palliative Care
Healthcare Facilities

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
Caregiver Support
Counselling Resources
Communication Tools
Loss, Grief and Bereavement

OTHER RESOURCES
Government 
Websites for Seniors
Seniors' Advocacy

CONTACTIVITY CENTRE
Contactivity Website
Contactivity Family
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