Assistive tech and the legal implications

02 May 2019

BLM associate Jennifer Johnston comments on the increasing use of assistive technology to support those living with debilitating conditions, helping to improve their quality of life.

Jennifer writes for this month’s edition of The Carer UK and comments on the possible challenges such technology presents for care providers: “Firstly, a large number of these technologies can rely on the user being able to understand and interact with them comfortably. However, more often than not, the elderly or cognitively impaired can struggle with technology… Secondly, it’s important to properly risk assess the usage of such aids. It’s possible that as more assistive technology is adopted, care providers and their insurers may see an increase in claims where people have been incorrectly assessed as being capable of using or interacting with an assistive aid…”

Click here to be directed to the latest edition of The Carer UK to read the article in full on page 18.

 

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