ProAssist: A professionals hub for independent living aids and assistive technology

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ProAssist:  A professionals hub for independent living aids and assistive technology

The online hub offering OTs all-in-one access to assistive technology and aids for independent living.

 

   What was once the Hamilton Index – sets of well-thumbed ring-binders with frequently posted printed updates – is now a comprehensive online learning tool…   

DLF [1]

 

Solving independent living problems for disabled and older people is simpler now, thanks to charity led, ProAssist.

The web-based resource – the largest of its type in Europe – is a professionals’ portal to the latest information, evidence and tools to enhance neurorehabilitation and independent lifestyles.

It replaces the Hamilton Index, a collection of disability aids and equipment lists compiled by the DLF – formerly the Disabled Living Foundation – in 1987 and named after its founder, Lady Pix Hamilton. [2]

And, of particular note for occupational therapists (OTs), ProAssist provides solutions based on functional needs.

“The DLF has a long history, going back to our early years, working closely with professionals in their efforts to ensure that people’s independence is maximised,” the charity explains.

“What was once the Hamilton Index – sets of well-thumbed ring-binders with frequently posted printed updates – is now a comprehensive online learning tool that gathers together the best knowledge all in one place.

“DLF ProAssist presents solutions based on a person’s functional needs so that you can easily consider options across a range of technologies and choose the right combination for your client or service user.”

Products presented via ProAssist are catalogued according to functional needs and ISO international standards for assistive technology solutions.

Filters and themes help to narrow search options.

Subscribers to ProAssist are also encouraged to help keep it as current as possible by submitting fresh evidence, including videos, in-depth reviews and case studies.

Other features include:

 

  • Product tracking.
  • Search save option.
  • Option to produce reports to support recommendations.
  • Built-in report templates.
  • Lists of the latest CPD events and training
  • Easy customisation options.

 

In addition, DLF’s Living Made Easy website [3] provides details for free of over 10,000 assistive products from over 950 retailers in the following categories:

 

Leisure and play

 

  • Gardening
  • Hobbies and sports
  • Shopping
  • Caring for pets
  • Relaxing and reminiscing
  • Games
  • Sensory and learning toys and activities
  • Play services

 

Communication

  • Magnifiers
  • Communication boards and devices
  • Reading, writing, Braille and Moon
  • Listening
  • Telephones
  • Organisation 

 

Home living

  • Alarms and monitoring systems
  • Beds, mattresses and accessories
  • Chairs, cushions, and posture supports
  • Eating and drinking
  • Home fixtures
  • Standing, transferring and positioning

 

Health and personal care

  • Personal health aids
  • Bathing and toileting
  • Dressing and clothing
  • Footwear

 

Mobility and access

  • Wheelchairs, scooters and buggies
  • Stairs and lifts
  • Walking aids
  • Mobility services
  • Access services

 

ProAssist is part of the charity’s DLF for Professionals programme, aiming to provide independent living advice to five million people by next year.

For further information, contact DLF’s national Partnership Team on 0300 123 3084 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or head straight to the DLFUK ProsAssist website here: https://livingmadeeasy.org.uk/dlf-proassist

 

 

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References

  1. DLF ProAssist
  2. DLF: Our history
  3. Living Made Easy

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