We just got a new landline phone system in our office that, at first glance, seems to have a lot of features that could be beneficial to many people. The Vtech phone system (SN5147) I am talking about is an amplified corded/cordless answering system with big buttons and display. It also has three additional devices…

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Free Google Mini!
ND Assistive is excited to share news of an exciting funding opportunity for a Google Mini smart home device! Check out the information below to see if you are eligible for a free device. But hurry… this opportunity ends August 13th! UPDATE! The deadline to apply has been extended to August 23rd! A voice is…

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Alexa Echo Show with Cloud Cam
The ND Assistive staff are pleased to announce that we have received a $75,000 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award is one of the High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grants awarded as part of the Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life Grants program. The funds will support our new Smart Home First…

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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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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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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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So much of our lives center around food.  The importance of a family eating together has been well-documented and is part of our socialization as people.  But what about someone who is not able to eat on their own?  How does having a caregiver feed you everything that goes into your mouth affect that experience?…

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As we near June 21, the longest day of the year, I have become aware of The Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraiser for this day.  The association asks that you show your love on June 21 for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  They have created a fundraising event that both symbolizes the daily challenges of Alzheimer’s and…

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