Technology trial helps dementia sufferers stay at home

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|John Woolham and Brian Frisby describe the Safe at Home project, which used technology to help people with dementia to remain in their own homes in Northampton, and the results of a formal evaluation of the scheme.| The Northampton Safe at Home project was set up to find out if the use of new technology could help a small number of people with dementia to remain living independently for longer. The idea of setting up the project was a practical response to issues facing Northamptonshire in reducing the use made of residential care and promoting independence among older people. It was clear from the outset that the project needed to be a multi-agency collaboration and three local organisations have contributed time and expertise ­ Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire Healthcare Trust and the Central Region Alzheimer¹s Society. A £60,000 grant from the corporate centre of the county council enabled the project to employ a part-time project worker, purchase items of technology and rent a house in wh

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