More than 1.1 million adult Canadians use assistive technologies to help them perform their daily activities.
It is estimated that up to 75% of these aids are no longer used by the users for whom they have been prescribed. Indeed, numerous studies have shown that more than half of the users are likely to stop using their assistive technology within a year of having received it. Fears and technical problems associated with its use are amongst the most common reasons given to explain this.
The assistive technology granting process presently includes two major steps:
- Initial selection of the assistive technology, including obtaining a medical prescription and the clinical assessment of the user’s needs.
- Follow-up after assistive technology delivery, including the support, training and coaching of the user and his/her relatives.
As part of this second step, few resources are available to support the adoption of assistive technologies. The MOvIT+™ Program provides a solution to these issues by offering an automated follow-up service and online resources.