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There doesn’t seem to be a lot of difference between assistive devices and assistive technology. In fact, assistive devices have been placed as a category of assistive technology but most people interchange the terms. Both describe implements and equipment that have been designed or adapted to replace, increase or maintain an individual’s ability to perform a task or activity.

Assistive technology products involve five areas. The first is personal emergency response systems like thermometers for hypothermia risk, fall detectors and unlit gas sensors.  The second area is computer input with ergonomic computer accessories, speech recognition, sip-and-puff, and eye-trackers; all of which allow a user to input data into a computer.

Shop The Relief Shop for wheelchairs and wheelchair accessoriesThe third area is durable medical equipment. This is the area that The Relief Shop has a  focus on with products like mobility aids (canes, wheelchairs, rollators, ramps), bedroom aids (dressing aids, bed rails, reachers), bathroom aids (tub grab bars, shower chairs, raised toilet seats), eating aids (UBend-It utensils), low vision aids (talking calculators, magnifiers) and general independent living aids.

The fourth assistive technology area includes software and tools for learning difficulties. The other areas cover visual impairment, augmentative and alternative communication, deafness and hearing loss, and a category for “others”.

Some feel that assistive technology is more advanced than mere assistive devices. An example of assistive technology would be the technology behind allowing an individual to move the mouse on his computer by eye-tracking versus an assistive device such as a shower chair.

What do you think? Is assistive technology more advanced? Should the categories be thought of as the same?

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Assistive devices, for the disabled or injured, are implements and equipment that have been designed or adapted to replace, increase or maintain an individuals ability to perform a task or activity. Without the device, the individual would have a hard time or might not be able to do a task at all.

Assistive devices are available for those who need help with mobility, hearing, seeing, communicating, getting dressed and eating.

Mobility aids at The Relief Shop include canes, rollators, wheelchairs, the car caddie helping hand, wheelchair ramps and accessories, grab bars and more.

For those with low vision, The Relief Shop offers big button and talking calculators, magnifiers and big button phones with  ringer lights.

Find quality and reliable assistive device brands for the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen such as Carex shower chairs and bathtub grab bars, Arc Mate reachers, Maddak bed rails and button aids, UBend-It utensils and so much more.

Looking for a special device? Call us toll-free at 877-683-9863 and we’ll see if we can supply it for you at the best possible price.

Shop The Relief Shop, your one-stop home medical supply shop. You’ll find caring customer service, an easy shopping experience and a growing product line. Check us out at http://www.thereliefshop.com

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More awesome new products are now available at The Relief Shop.  Shop at your one-stop home medical supply shop for:

  • Invacare Rollator – This rolling walker offers the perfect blend of style, comfort and affordability. It comes with easy-to-operate hand brakes, a seat, and is easy to fold for transport.
  • Day-Light light therapy – Is clinically proven and is now completely affordable. Its use can help alleviate symptoms of Seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
  • Jeanie Rub Body Massager – The industry standard in professional body massagers is now available for home use.
  • Hair Dryer Holder – This hands-free hair dryer holder sits on a table top and is designed for ease of use.
  • Maddak Bed Rail with Magazine Rack – Our bed rail makes getting in and out of bed easy and is equipped with a convenient and spacious magazine pocket.
  • Carex Shower Chair – Our durable and adjustable shower chair is compact yet supports up to 400 lbs.

Shop The Relief Shop for home medical supplies, durable medical equipment, disability and independent living aids, and pain relief products.


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