NDIS Assistive Technology for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy

Assistive technology is a powerful tool that can help people with disabilities live more independently. In this case we’re considering the day to day challenges of an NDIS participant with cerebral palsy. Through the eyes of Hunter, a 40-year-old woman diagnosed with cerebral palsy, we’ll see how these technologies can make life more manageable. Her condition primarily affects her mobility, making walking and using her hands a challenge. Despite these difficulties, Hunter is determined to live independently in her own home, for as long as possible. 

Hunter’s home has been modified to make movement less challenging – handrails in the bathroom, ramps rather than stairs, non-slip flooring in main traffic areas, electric bed are a few modifications already installed. As technology advances, smart devices designed to make life at home easier and more convenient offer many benefits to individuals like Hunter facing mobility challenges. To her the possibilities are life-changing. 

Let’s take a look at the smart home devices with the greatest potential to be transformational. 

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What benefits does a smart door lock offer those with cerebral palsy?

A smart digital door lock will make Hunter’s home more secure and easier to access. Traditional locks can be difficult to use, especially when handling keys with limited mobility. With a smart lock, Hunter can unlock her door using her fingerprint, smartphone, smart watch or a code.

This means Hunter won’t have to struggle with keys, reducing strain on her hands and arms. She can also control the lock remotely, making sure her home is secure even when she’s not there. Additionally, she can allow access to trusted visitors or caregivers without needing to be at the door, further enhancing her independence and security.

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How can smart lighting improve home safety?

Safe navigation in the home is crucial for Hunter, especially at night or in low-light conditions. Smart lighting systems can be controlled by voice commands (with the setup of a home assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Home), smartphone apps, or motion sensors, giving Hunter several convenient options.

Motion-activated lights ensure her path is always well-lit, reducing the risk of tripping or falling. Voice-controlled lighting allows her to adjust the brightness and ambiance easily, making her home more comfortable. Smart lighting significantly enhances her safety and ease of movement within her home.

How is a smart video doorbell helpful to those with a mobility disability?

Living independently means Hunter needs to control who enters her home. A smart video camera doorbell helps her do just that. This device lets her see and talk to visitors through her smartphone or home assistant no matter where she is.

Hunter can check who is at the door without having to approach it, which can be difficult with her mobility challenges. The doorbell’s motion detection alerts her to any activity at her doorstep, adding security. With two-way audio, she can communicate with delivery personnel or unexpected visitors, keeping her informed and in control of her home’s entry points.

Installing a smart garage door or electric gate opener for convenience

A smart garage door or front gate opener offers great convenience for someone with limited mobility. For Hunter, this technology makes entering and exiting her home easier by letting her control the garage door or the front gate with her smartphone or voice. This removes the need to manually open or close the door using the remote, which can be physically demanding to get in range.

With the smart garage door or gate opener, Hunter can ensure the garage is securely closed without an extra trip to check it. She can also open the garage door for visitors or caregivers remotely, adding more convenience and control to her daily routine. This technology reduces the physical effort required for her to manage her home, helping her stay independent.

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How a smart aircon is convenient and cost-effective

Installing a smart aircon delivers multiple benefits to the NDIS participant. When mobility is limited, it can be hard to get comfortable, especially during the height of summer and winter. Maintaining a comfortable home temperature is easy when you install a smart thermostat.

Maybe you already have an air conditioning system installed. We can upgrade it to a smart aircon system using innovative technology that can be retrofitted to any split system with an infrared remote. Now you can enjoy all the benefits of a smart air conditioner at a fraction of the price! Switch it on and off from the app remotely and easily program it to operate when a particular temperature is reached, both hot and cold.

Or maybe you’re looking for a new air conditioning system. We can install a state-of-the-art smart aircon split system in as many rooms as you need. Our premium models are feature-rich, giving you complete control to cool and heat your home from the app, no matter where you are. This makes it extremely efficient, cutting down on unnecessary costs commonly associated with aircon systems.

Complete control with the installation of a smart home assistant

A smart home assistant significantly enhances Hunter’s independence and quality of life by providing convenience, safety, and control over her home environment. Through voice-controlled operations, Hunter can manage various devices and systems hands-free, automate daily tasks, and control smart lighting and thermostats for accessibility and convenience. Safety and security are improved with smart locks, video doorbells, and emergency assistance features. Additionally, the smart home assistant facilitates entertainment and communication by controlling media and enabling phone and video calls. It offers reminders for her medication and helps manage her schedule, integrating with other assistive technologies to create customised routines that meet her specific needs.

The most popular smart home assistants are Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple Home. We have the experience installing all of these models and can also give you advice on which is the best for your home situation.

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A day in the life of Hunter, supported by Assistive Technology

Let’s see the practical application of assistive technology by stepping through the everyday tasks someone like Hunter might experience.

7:00 AM
Hunter’s smart home assistant, integrated with her smart lighting system, gradually turns on the bedroom lights to simulate a sunrise, helping her wake up naturally. The smart aircon upgrade also adjusts the thermostat to ensure the room is at a comfortable temperature at all times.

7:10 AM
Hunter uses a voice command to ask her smart assistant to start her morning routine. This includes playing her favourite music and giving her the weather forecast so she can select appropriate clothing.

7:30 AM
Hunter likes having her morning coffee on her front doorstep, where the morning light hits. With cup in hand, she asks her smart home assistant to unlock the front door remotely. Being a smart lock there’s no need to struggle with turning the deadbolt or finding the keys.

9:00 AM
Hunter has a physiotherapy appointment. Her smart home assistant reminds her of the appointment 30 minutes beforehand and informs her when it’s time to leave. 

9:30 AM
The video doorbell alerts Hunter that her taxi has arrived. She checks the video doorbell live feed on her smart watch, ensuring it is actually the taxi. Once in the taxi, she locks the door and the front gate remotely.

11:00 AM
Returning home, Hunter opens the front gate with the app, before getting out of the taxi. The smart front gate responds immediately, allowing her to enter without needing to use the gate handle. Using her fingerprint she opens the front door. No rooting around for keys in the bag, or trying to insert a small key into the lock by hand. 

11:15 AM
Hunter enters the house, and the smart home assistant turns on the lights in the hallway and living room, ensuring she has a well-lit path. The digital door locks automatically once she’s inside.

12:30 PM
Hunter prepares lunch. If she needs to check on something online, like a recipe, or set a timer, she uses her smart home assistant, without needing to use her hands.

1:30 PM
Hunter spends some time relaxing and asks her smart home assistant to play an audiobook. She can control playback with simple voice commands, making it easy to enjoy her book without physical effort.

3:00 PM
Hunter receives a reminder from her smart home assistant to take her medication. The assistant also alerts her that it’s time for her daily exercise routine. She uses her voice to start a guided exercise program on her smart TV.

6:00 PM
As it starts to get dark, Hunter’s smart lighting system adjusts the indoor lights. She can control the brightness and colour temperature with voice commands to create a comfortable ambiance.

6:30 PM
Hunter’s sister arrives for a visit. The video doorbell notifies her, and she checks the live feed before remotely unlocking the door. They enjoy dinner together, and Hunter uses the smart home assistant to play music in the background.

9:00 PM
Hunter winds down for the evening. With a simple request of the smart home assistant, she turns off the lights in the living room and turns on the lights in the bedroom and bathroom. 

9:30 PM
Before going to sleep, Hunter quickly checks the app to confirm the front door and front gate is locked and all the lights are off. She asks the smart home assistant to set the alarm for the next morning. The smart thermostat has been programmed to adjust automatically to a cooler temperature for a comfortable night’s rest.

This is assistive technology, helping on a daily basis.  

Hunter’s journey towards greater independence is supported by smart home technology. The smart digital door lock, smart lighting, smart video camera doorbell, and smart garage door opener each play a key role in enhancing her security, convenience, and ease of living. These devices help Hunter live independently, with confidence and dignity, showing how assistive technology can transform lives and empower individuals with disabilities.

How Smarter Homes Australia empowers NDIS Participants to enjoy a more independent and stress-free home environment

It’s a privilege to enhance the lives of many through the installation of assistive technology in homes. Daily we are given access to NDIS participants’ homes and lives and it’s a service we hope to continue providing for years ahead. We look forward to extending these benefits to those with cerebral palsy, which could be you or the person under your care.

Like to learn more about the best assistive technology solutions for your home, take advantage of our free quote offer. We’ll come to the home, evaluate the situation, and provide you with a personalised plan for your consideration. Please contact us and schedule your free quote or installation today.

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Assistive Technology for NDIS Participants FAQs

  • Which NDIS participants have you worked with previously?

Our team has worked extensively with a vast range of participants over the years we’ve been in business. We’re confident that our service offering is able to support all of our NDIS clients making their lives safer and more comfortable and convenient. 

Refer to our specific guide to NDIS participants for more information.

  • How do I know what Assistive Technology is funded through NDIS?

As a starting point, check out the NDIS website information provided at this address – What assistive technology do we fund? Or ask your Plan Manager, Support Worker or Occupational Therapist who should have the experience to answer your specific questions. At Smarter Homes Australia we currently support all NDIS participants that are plan and self managed with their funding, however we cannot provide the approval that is required from your support team.

  • What are the next steps and how do I arrange a quote?

After taking a look at the services we offer, simply fill out the contact form on our website and let us know what you’re interested in. From there our team can provide you with an in-person or online quote to discuss further with your support team.

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