Technology to help you live independently at home is becoming increasingly common. It provides a convenient, discreet way to get help when you need it or to monitor your health.

This factsheet looks at a range of technology that can be used to support you at home. It includes information on:

Telecare – devices such as personal alarms, smoke and temperature alarms, and sensors to detect falls

Telehealth – devices to monitor health conditions, which may reduce the need to visit a GP

Smart technology - smartphones, tablets and other devices that can be connected to the internet and may help with your care needs 

Assistive and inclusive technology - equipment to make everyday tasks easier, for example, phones with larger buttons or mounts for wheelchairs.