Assistive Technology

Smart Home Devices

Assistive Technology is any assistive adaptive or rehabilitative device thing that is used to help an individual live independently in their home and is NOT managed or supported by a Response Center.

Some examples of Assistive Technology are your home smart devices, doorbell cameras, and automatic door openers. These devices promote greater independence by enabling people with disabilities to perform everyday tasks that might otherwise be a barrier to independent living.

Assistive Technology Concerns Addressed

How can Assistive Technology equipment help to solve some of the most common challenges that individuals face? We install devices that promote independence. Read about our most common Assistive Technology equipment and how they help. You can also contact our office with specific questions or to set up a time for a formal conversation. 

Visual Verification
In addition to the 2-way communication device, cameras can be placed anywhere in the home to be used in a multitude of scenarios for the health and safety of the individual.
Cooking Safety
Stove sensors provide many safety and alerting options for the family. Access to the stove can be managed and the device can automatically turn off the stove if it is left unattended while in use.
GPS systems that can be either worn or installed on smartphones make it possible to receive notifications and alerts for many different criteria. These systems often include 2-way audio functionality and real-time geo location.
Home Security
Home sensors are a great way to add a layer of security to the home to help send notifications if something unplanned occurs.
Home Security
Medication Reminder
Notifications can be sent to the individual through the tablet in the home, or a family member or friend can call in via the 2-way communication device to verbally give reminders and prompts for everyday routine tasks.
Medication Reminder
Seizure detection devices in the form of wearables and bed sensors can be used to send alerts when a seizure is detected.

Assistive Technology FAQ:

AT is any piece of assistive technology equipment that is used by an individual to be more independent.  An individual will receive either Remote Supports OR Assistive Tech.

The $75 monthly limit referenced in the AT Equipment section of the AT rule is regarding subscription services such as apps, and not the cost of AT Equipment that is prorated over 24 months.

When multiple pieces of technology are quoted from an AT provider, they are considered a complete system. Each individual piece of technology does not need to be “shopped” for the LCA. The vendor provides the equipment with the expectation that it works as a cohesive system and should be treated as such.

The waiver is always the payee of last resort. While a denial from Medicaid is needed, items that have previously been deemed uncoverable do not require a new denial per individual.

No. Medical necessity is the services or items reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of illness or injury, or to improve functioning of a malformed body member. The team is often able to make this determination.

No, because AT is now a SELF waiver service. The SELF waiver would need to be authorized for purchases of AT.

Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) are now part of the AT rule and should be authorized as Assistive Technology.

The team would need to research certified providers for AT that would meet the need for the monitoring and/or equipment, and then transition to a certified provider in a reasonable time frame.

There is a $5,000 limit on AT services per waiver span. Under the Level 1 waiver, there is also a 3-year cap of $7500.

Med dispensers may only be filled by a nurse, the pharmacy, or a family member of the individual.