This project showcased how EN 301 549 can be used as a tool to assess the accessibility of technology products based on Functional Performance Statements and how technology products that meet the needs of individuals may be identified.
When providing assistive technology, a range, or suite of technologies is required to support older people to age at home, in order to meet diverse needs of the demographic.
The devices provided through this project require adequate installation support and training in order to maximise the effectiveness and impact of the solutions. Without this support, there is likely to be low engagement by older people and their families.
Currently there is no specified funding available for assistive technologies to support older people to live at home independently. Through ALONE’s Sláintecare project, the benefits of assistive technologies to older people and their families were displayed. ALONE recommends specified funding for assistive technology is made available to enable older people and their families to receive such benefits, without the barriers of cost and access to technology affecting their quality of life.