Assistive technology

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology is a term used to describe devices and sensors that are installed into someone’s home to enable them to remain living there independently for as long as possible.

It can also offer loved ones peace of mind knowing that help is often just at the push of a button away.


How can it help you?

It promotes independence, within your home environment, allowing you to live more and worry less.

Assistive technology will help to keep you safe at home for as long as possible.

It can take the pressure off family members and offer peace of mind, allowing them to carry on with a normal life.

It is an aid to independence, for your loved one.

The alarms and sensors can detect when a person is at risk and may need assistance. Depending on the type of device, the user will press a simple button, or the device will automatically alert a carers monitoring device or the St Helens monitoring centre, Careline, which operate 24 hours a day.

Careline is available to anyone who may feel at risk in their own home because of age, disability, isolation, illness or vulnerability. It is activated via a LifeLine Unit, which is plugged in and connected to the telephone line. The assistive technology that can be connected to this service can help to promote independence by minimising the risks associated with memory loss, sensory impairments, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mobility problems.


Where do I get the equipment from and how?

There are 2 ways the equipment can be obtained:

A quick telephone call to St Helens Council's Contact Cares on 01744 676767, who will put you in touch with one of our social services team's who can carry out an assessment of your needs. They will then contact the Technology Care Team who will carry out the installation of the equipment, and give you and your family members, if present, a full demonstration on how the equipment works.

Or you may wish to purchase the equipment directly from the Technology Care Team. All our equipment is available to purchase from our SHOP. Installation costs may apply to some equipment.

If you require any further information on the equipment please visit our SHOP, or please don’t hesitate to contact the Technology Care Team on 01744 673294.

Contact us for more details – 01744 673294 or click on image below to see our extensive range of equipment.


How can it help you?

Promotes independence

Keeps you safe at home

Takes pressure off the family – peace of mind – allows family to carry on with a normal life

An aid to independence




Can you answer YES to any of the below questions?

Do you have mobility problems?

Have you fallen in the last 6-12 months?

Do you have any conditions that may contribute towards you falling?

Falls in the home are very common amongst the elderly. Most falls are preventable and are not a natural part of ageing. There are ways you can reduce your risk of having a fall, including making simple changes to your home

Avoiding falls at home

For example, as the bathroom is a common place where falls occur, many older people can benefit from having grab rails fitted to the inside of their bath/shower to make it easier for them to get in and out.

Steps in and out of the home can also cause problems. We can fit portable ramps quickly and easily to make access to your home safer.

There is a range of assistive technology available to keep you safe

Fitting a personal alarm system or falls detector may also be recommended, so that you can get help in the event of a fall.


Memory Problems

Do you or your family / friends have memory problems?

Over time, people with memory problems become less able to manage things around the house.

Changing the home environment can give the person more freedom to move around independently and safely.

We can help make the home a safer place by using a range of assistive technology for example memo minders, medication dispensors, day and night clocks and much more.

Please visit our online shop for more information.


St Helens Carers Centre

Dementia Friends

Alzheimers Society

National Institute on Aging