Assistive technology and welfare technology
Assistive technology and consumer goods contribute to people with physical or mental impairments being able to live as normal and independent a life as possible, to the greatest possible extent, make people as independent of the assistance of others in day-to-day life.
In addition, assistive technology or consumer goods can contribute to ensuring that people with permanent disabilities have the possibility to get or keep a connection to, for example, education and the labour market.
Welfare technology and digitalisation are technological and digital tools that can support people in their daily lives. Welfare technology can contribute to people with impairments of all ages being more self-sufficient.
In connection with a rehabilitation effort, welfare technological solutions helps people with disabilities to have a better and higher quality of life.
At the same time, welfare technology can contribute to supporting many of the social work tasks, which currently are carried out by either relatives or nursing and care staff.
Examples of assistive technology
Typical assistive technology products include wheelchairs, lifts, toilet supports, walkers, electric scooters, cycles for the disabled/tricycles, prosthetic devices and bandages. The industry also includes training equipment and smaller assistive technology products for use in daily life, in order to read, write, cook, etc. with a disability.
Examples of welfare technology
Welfare technology is a collective term that can include everything from robot vacuum cleaners to sensor floors to register movement and activity, rehabilitation software, medicine handling technologies, eating robots or social robots for communication.