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.
A guide to choosing and using assistive devices published by the Government of Canada.
Several publications with regards to assistive devices and home safety.
Provides information regarding assistive devices
This Montreal-based non-profit volunteer organization provides support, workshops, events for hearing-impaired people
Tel: (514) 482-0500
The Q.O.H.P. currently provides some funding for some rehabilitative and adaptive aids.
Tel: (514) 873-3905
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.
The RAAP is intended to help people with disabilities cover the cost of work needed to adapt their homes and make them accessible.
A volunteer-based organisation specialising in the custom design of individualised assistive devices, based in BC. Look here for inspiring ideas and help.
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.
Assistive Device Companies links can be searched by province and by needs.
Under the Health and Daily Living section under Caregiver Resources, there are a number of articles addressing assistive living and home safety: