Most people we meet at ND Assistive want to age in the home of their choice and avoid a nursing home stay – if at all possible. Of the many calls we receive, wandering or eloping is high on the list of reasons that loved ones with dementia and other disabilities are at risk of…

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Fargo Smart Home Ceiling Fan
As many of you know, one of the focuses this year for ND Assistive has been to bring smart home technology to people with paralysis in North Dakota with a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation.  This endeavor has been an amazing learning experience for all of the staff at ND Assistive.  We…

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Logo with "World Alzheimer's Month" #RememberMe and www.worldalzmonth.org
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, the international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to raise awareness of this debilitating disease. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. There is a rapid growth in the number of people living…

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Changes to the Senior Safety Program For the past fifteen years, ND Assistive has been responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Assistive Safety Devices Distribution Service, better known as the Senior Safety Program, through a contract with the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division. Through this program, we are able to…

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Picture of the 4 main smart home speaker systems
Back in June, ND Assistive announced receiving a $75,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. This grant allowed ND Assistive to expand our two existing Home First Centers (simulated homes filled with assistive technology in every room) into state-of-the-art Smart Homes. So what are Smart Homes? Most individuals have heard this commonly used…

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white toilet with black seat and lid. Lid is open.
Now for our sexiest topic yet! Alternatives to traditional toileting! If you find that you or your loved one need additional assistance with toileting beyond the options discussed in our Safety and Independence in the Bathroom blog, explore the options below. Ready, aim… Oftentimes aiming into the toilet can become an issue for gentlemen with…

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Bathroom with safety adaptations: bathtub with clamp-on tub rail with a shower chair with back in it. Toilet with a raised toilet seat with handles on it.
The bathroom is one of the most dangerous areas in the home.  Prevent slips, falls, and injuries and increase independence by making temporary or permanent modifications to your existing bathroom.  Many options are listed below to help you with this task.  Your occupational or physical therapist, doctor, or home health worker may have specific recommendations…

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Laryngectomy support group meeting view one
Earlier this month, the area Laryngectomy Support group met at ND Assistive to learn about the new TeliTalk Electrolarynx Phone and other types of assistive technology to help them communicate on the phone.  The group indicated that they learned a lot, and I thought others might benefit as well. The following methods were discussed: TeliTalk Electrolarynx…

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Picture of the V.ALRT emergency button
There are many good medical/emergency alert systems on the market today that call for help with the touch of a button. Deciding what is the best emergency alert system is not always an easy task.  There are many things to consider: does the system require landline vs. cellular, does a user have to rent or…

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man in a wheelchair smiling
For people with disabilities in the areas of physical, speech, hearing, vision, or cognition, there are many free or low-cost assistive technology devices and adaptations for smartphones and basic cellphones.  Many times the people we work with already have these technologies in their possession, and they don’t even know it! Last week, for example, we met with a woman…

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