Assistive and adaptive devices

Assistive and adaptive devices are essential for stroke carers at least temporarily during the rehabilitation process. There is a subtle difference between the words, assistive, and adaptive.

The word – “assistive”– refers to all devices that facilitate and improve activities the person affected is trying to do. On the other hand, the word – “adaptive” – refers to devices that adapt existing tools so that a person with a difficulty can use them. For example, an eating utensil with a built-up handle is an adaptive device. On the other hand, a wheelchair or a cane is not an adaptive device but it is an assistive device. These aids can either be a low-tech one such as a cane or a very high-tech one such as a robot assistive speaking tool.  

Types of assistive and adaptive devices

We can group the assistive and adaptive devices into the following categories.

  • Mobility devices: scooters, power chairs, wheelchairs, etc 
  • Communication devices: The devices that facilitate speech, writing, typing, vision, hearing, listening, reading, etc. 
  • Computer access devices: hardware and software tools including apps 
  • Activities of daily living devices: the devices that facilitate dressing, eating, cooking, home chores, toileting, bathing, switching, etc. 
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics 
  • Recreation and leisure assisting devices: Sports assisting tools, games, toys, etc. 
  • Robots 
  • Cognitive aids

This page curates posts that describe and discuss assistive and adaptive devices that are in use by stroke survivors.

Devices to improve communication

Devices to improve walking

Devices to improve activities of daily living