As­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy that suits you

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

DO you have dif­fi­culty com­plet­ing day to day tasks that were pre­vi­ously a breeze?

Have you found that you have had to stop your favourite pas­times you have pre­vi­ously en­joyed be­cause of age or chang­ing abil­ity?

Did you know that there are ways that you can get back do­ing the things you love — it’s with as­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy.

As­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy is ever chang­ing and de­vel­op­ing — trans­form­ing peo­ple’s lives and mak­ing what was once im­pos­si­ble or very dif­fi­cult, now at­tain­able and eas­ier.

Some­times it’s the lit­tle things that can make all the dif­fer­ence to achiev­ing in­de­pen­dence.

As­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy, or AT, are any pieces of equip­ment that can help you per­form tasks and do the things you want to do.

It doesn’t need to be ex­pen­sive or high tech, some­times the lit­tle things make the most dif­fer­ence.

Be­fore se­lect­ing AT, it’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand your goals and know where to get in­for­ma­tion and sup­port to make an in­formed de­ci­sion. What op­tions suits me? There are a wide range of as­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy op­tions avail­able in to­day’s mar­ket.

As each per­son is unique, it is im­por­tant to care­fully con­sider your op­tions be­fore you de­cide which one best suits your needs.

Com­mon ar­eas to con­sider in­clude your cur­rent and fu­ture goals, your abil­i­ties, your en­vi­ron­ment, the lo­ca­tion in which you need and want to use the AT, and the fea­tures and op­tions of the AT avail­able.

This process can be com­plex and daunt­ing, it is rec­om­mended that you seek pro­fes­sional in­de­pen­dent in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice about which as­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tion best meets your goals. LifeTec is a ser­vice that ex­ists to guide you on your jour­ney and help you reach your po­ten­tial.

With the sup­port of LifeTec health pro­fes­sion­als, your AT jour­ney be­gins with an imag­in­ing phase where we ex­plore your pos­si­bil­i­ties by goal set­ting things you want to do and what prod­ucts or tech­nolo­gies could help you achieve this.

Our ther­a­pist then pro­vides you with in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice to help you learn and ex­plore AT op­tions to best en­able you to achieve your goals and as­pi­ra­tions.

LifeTec works with you to choose your AT through a process of as­sess­ment, trial and pre­scrip­tion.

Once you have ac­quired your cho­sen AT, LifeTec can set-up, fit and train you on its use. LifeTec is avail­able for on­go­ing sup­port as your needs change and grow.

They want to work along­side you and your sup­port team, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with other health pro­fes­sion­als, your fam­ily and your friends to achieve your as­pi­ra­tions.

How can I ac­cess ser­vices? With dis­play cen­tres in Bris­bane, Townsville and LifeTec Ac­cess Points in re­gional ar­eas across Aus­tralia, it is now eas­ier for you to ac­cess AT ser­vices.

This al­lows every­one to ac­cess our ser­vices re­gard­less of their lo­ca­tions.

Their flex­i­ble ser­vice de­liv­ery op­tions al­low us to ei­ther come to you, face-to-face, or via tele­con­sul­ta­tion.

Visit lifetec.org.au or call 1300 543 383 to see how LifeTec can help you on your AT jour­ney.

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