South Dakota's changing demographics include the aging of our population and an increasing number of people with disabling conditions. Recent trends have individuals returning home from the hospital earlier in theie recovery with more acute conditions. Accessible, safer homes make it possible for some to leave rehabilitation or nursing facilities for homes that support their recovery and lessen additional injuries.
Assistive devices are preventive tools and have the potential to increase an individual's independence. Research shows the use of assistive devices can reduce health care costs. In a preventative manner, they help people avoid injuries and reduce the use of medical services and institutional care. They can also prevent or delay individuals from institutionalization in addition to providing a more safe and secure home environment.