NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — President Ronald Reagan officially declared March as National Disabilities Awareness Month, starting in 1987. The proclamation calls for people to take extra steps to raise awareness about the rights of the people with disabilities, provide support and celebrate their contributions to our communities.
Joining us Saturday on Good Morning Connecticut was Mario D’Aquila with Assisted Living Technologies explaining how technology can help those with disabilities remain safe and independent.
In 2010, Assisted Living Services, their home care company, launched Assisted Living Technologies Inc. to offer a variety of devices to help with fall prevention, home safety and medication management. The main showroom is located in Meriden and they just opened a satellite showroom within the NEAT Center at the Oak Hill facility in Hartford.
D’Aquila described to News 8 anchor Stephanie Simoni about how some of the technologies work and how they help people. He covers the various technology items on display and lists a few ways they help:
- We have mobile Personal Emergency Response Systems that encourage people to keep on-the-go and independent.
- Several products can help the hearing impaired with fire and smoke detection, and also provide them an alert when someone is at their door or calling on the phone.
- To assist a person who has difficulty ambulating and is a fall risk, we have products such as these sensors and alerts that help caregivers respond as needed to help reduce the risk of a person falling.
- We understand how important it is for loved ones to stay connected and not be isolated. This product is called Claris Companion which provides caregivers of the disabled person or senior with the ability to easily video visit.
D’Aquila explains that most of their technologies are considered “Assistive Technology” which by definition is “any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” This means that there are specific State Medicaid Funded Programs that may be available that could cover most – or part of the cost.
Assisted Living Services, Inc. provides non-medical home care with Personal Care Assistants, Live-in Caregivers, and Homemakers.
· Our staff can provide help with bathing, dressing, toileting, transfers, ambulation, medication reminders, food preparation, light cleaning, and grocery shopping.
All staff providing personal care are trained as Home Health Aides or have attained training from a Nurse Aide Program. There are some programs available in Connecticut that an individual may qualify for if they have limited funds to pay for personal care.
Individuals can contact the Connecticut Department of Social Services, or the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services.