Learn About Devices That Help With Different Needs



Assistive devices can help people with limited sight, hearing, or mental or physical abilities meet their daily needs, such as:

  • Bathing - No-rinse shampoo and body wash, shower chairs and stools, bathtub transfer benches, grab bars, rubber mats, faucet turners, hand-held sprays and long-handled brushes and sponges

  • Communicating - Personal emergency response systems or alert devices, monitors, intercoms, webcams, and telephones with speakers, large buttons, captioning or hearing assistance

  • Coping with incontinence - Adult protective undergarments, bedside urinals, and mattress and floor protectors

  • Driving or riding with others - Wheelchair lifts, automatic transfer seats, door openers and portable swivel seats

  • Getting dressed - Non-tie shoelaces, zipper pulls, Velcro fasteners, long-handled shoehorns, sock aids, and clothing designed for people with limited mobility or dexterity

  • Going to bed - Bedside organizers, night lights and large-display alarm clocks

  • Managing medications - Timers, pill organizers, pill dispensers with alarms, and pill crushers and splitters

  • Preparing food and eating - Specialized cutting boards, reaching tools, jar openers, electric can openers and easy-to-grip silverware

  • Remembering tasks and information - Medical ID bracelets, warning signs, beeping devices for small items like keys, voice-activated phones, and talking clocks or watches

  • Using the toilet - Grab bars, toilet frames, raised toilet seats, bidets, urinals, bedpans and commodes

  • Walking and getting around the home - Canes, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, gait belts, lift vests, lever door handles, handrails for stairways, stair lifts and vertical lifts