November is a special month, not just because it marks the transition from autumn to winter, but also because it’s National Assistive Technology Awareness Month. It’s during this month, we recognize and celebrate the incredible impact that assistive technology has on individuals’ lives, especially those in the senior living and post-acute care industry.
At vcpi, we understand the significance of assistive technology in promoting inclusion and participation, particularly among the aging population and those with disabilities or non-communicable diseases. Celebrating assistive technology aligns perfectly with our values: knowledge, compassion, authority, and efficiency, and today, we want to highlight how.
Assistive technology is all about enabling people to maintain or improve their functioning and independence, ultimately enhancing their well-being. It’s about empowering individuals to lead healthy, productive, dignified lives and participate fully in life no matter what stage they are in.
The numbers speak volumes. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that a staggering 2.5 billion people worldwide need one or more assistive products, such as hearing aids, wheelchairs, or communication support apps. With a global aging population and the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases, this figure is projected to surpass 3.5 billion by 2050.
In our industry focus, we see firsthand how assistive products make a significant difference in the lives of seniors and caregivers. Examples of these include hearing aids, communication devices, GPS trackers, personal alarms and memory support devices . These products not only support independence and well-being but also help prevent or reduce complications. Falls and lags in receiving vital information from the resident can spell disaster. Furthermore, these devices can reduce the reliance on caregivers.
But here’s the catch: despite the evident need and benefits of assistive technology, access to these life-changing products remains limited. It’s a challenge that must be addressed to advance and uphold the rights of individuals with disabilities.
Our Values – Support Resident Care
At vcpi, we’re committed to supporting our clients in providing excellent care for their residents. Our goal is to support your businesses growth. Assistive technology plays a vital role in achieving these goals. We encourage everyone to take a moment this National Assistive Technology Awareness Month to reflect on the transformative power of assistive products and the positive impact they can have on individuals, communities, and economic growth.
In conclusion, assistive technology isn’t just about gadgets and devices; it’s about enhancing lives, fostering independence, and promoting well-being. Let’s celebrate National Assistive Technology Awareness Month by spreading awareness about the importance of these life-changing tools. We can work together to ensure that everyone who needs them can access them. Together, we can make a difference. That’s why you care for your residents, and we care for your IT.