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Maintaining connection to our loved ones is crucial to combating the feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression, and anxiety that have arrived hand-in-hand with the COVID-19 pandemic.  As public health officials warn us to avoid in-person contact, nursing homes and assisted living facilities have shuttered their doors to visitors and residents are remaining in their rooms,…

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Bridging a Temporary Gap Assistive technology can provide valuable temporary accommodation following surgery or during an illness.  Below are three real-life examples of how assistive technology helped bridge a temporary gap. Example 1: Back Surgery A 36-year-old had minor back surgery.  During his 6-week recovery, he was not able to bend, twist, or lift more…

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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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A photo of the small Facebook Portal, showing a man with a small child in his lap on the screen and a bigger Facebook Portal Plus with a woman reading a book on the screen.
I first noticed the new Facebook Portal when I saw the Mother’s Day commercials with Neil Patrick Harris and the moms of famous people.  View the Mother’s Day commercial.  I was more than a little skeptical about the actual use of this device because I really like the Echo Show with its many cool features. …

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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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Picture of a gentleman using a wireless headphone system to listen to the tv
During these cold winter days it is nice to spend them indoors and watch a favorite TV episode, movie or series.  But what if you have a partial hearing loss or maybe your hearing aids just aren’t enough to hear the TV? Missing dialogue, muffled words, or straining to hear are the common complaints of…

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Picture of a man using a manual wheelchair with wheelblades installed in an outdoor setting with snow covered ground and evergeens.
Here in North Dakota, we sound a little like the Starks of Winterfell, “Winter is coming.” Winter comes every year and with it snow, and ice, and more snow, and more ice. In Fargo, and for much of the surrounding region, the last week of 2018 went out with a bang, or should I say…

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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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