In recent years, older and younger people with disabilities living at home are compensated for their functional limitations, by receiving personal as
In recent years, older and younger people with disabilities living at home are compensated for their functional limitations, by receiving personal assistance from human caregivers and through assistive technologies.
These assistive technologies range from common devices such as canes and ramps to more high technology devices such as electric wheelchairs and devices to monitor and prompt people with disabilities to take medicine and perform other tasks like eating.
If assistive technology is a substitute for personal assistance, such as when a cane is used rather than relying on a human caregiver, then cost savings may be possible by promoting its use.
Alternatively, if assistive technology is a complement, meaning both are used together, such as when a mechanical lifting device is used by a personal assistant for transferring a person to and from bed, then providing such technology will increase costs to the extent that it is provided, although it may reduce unmet need (Agree & Freedman, 2003).