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ADAPT Your Home Program

Home is where the heart is, but it is also where our health is— and the ADAPT Your Home Program helps families create an age in place plan before a crisis occurs.

About the Program

The ADAPT (Alzheimer’s and Dementia Aging in Place through Technology) Your Home Program is a first of-it’s-kind program designed to help people living with dementia and their family be proactive with their aging in place goals.  

Everyone is likely to need assistive technology during their lifetime, especially as they age, which is why this program has integrated an Age-Tech focus to enable aging in place goals. Assistive technology is an umbrella term that can encompass any device, product, gadget or system that helps with memory and/or supports continued engagement in meaningful activities (Global Report on Assistive Technology 2022). Assistive technologies promote independence, communication and safety both in the home and the community. The range of assistive technology is wide and includes both low-tech solutions such as white boards, orientation clocks and medication aids, and high-tech devices such as GPS tracking technologies, smart-home devices or artificial intelligence (Shu & Woo, 2021).

Eligible clients will have a free virtual assessment by an Aging in Place Consultant. The Consultant can help people living with dementia and their caregivers by recommending strategies and assistive technology to promote independence, safety and quality of life. Aging in Place Consultant will conduct an in-depth assessment which will include:

  • General and dementia-specific considerations for proactive aging in place including accessibility, home design and navigation, risks for wandering, maintaining independence, and assistive technology needs.
  • A personalized plan to outline recommendations and resources specific to client goals and priorities.
  • Innovative recommendations to support proactive aging in place through AgeTech such as smart home devices, sensors, wearables and more.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The person living with dementia is living at home and in the early to middle stages of dementia.
  • The person living with dementia is not currently receiving or on a waiting list for Occupational Therapy services.
  • The person living with dementia does not meet the eligibility criteria for an Occupational Therapy assessment with Home and Community Care and Support Services.
  • The person living with dementia resides in Ottawa and Renfrew County.

 NOTE: This program does not duplicate existing community geriatric support programs.

Coming in November, 2022:

  • Support from an AgeTech Specialist including education, technology training and in home follow up, to help clients feel empowered and in control.
  • Access to preferred vendors to help you get the equipment at great price. 

Questions?
Karen Gibson, O.T. Reg. (Ont.)
Aging in Place Consultant, The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County
kgibson@dsorc.org | 613-212-8071 ext. 3222

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