Ali Rogan, Chair of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Technology task and finish group and external affairs advisor to Tunstall, blogs about a series of new information sheets:
I’m really pleased to announce the launch of a series of new information sheets on dementia-friendly technology, written specifically for the audiences that need them. Often we produce information that is quite generic making it difficult to see the relevance. So we’ve spent some time working out what matters for specific audiences in housing, health and social care and tried to answer the following questions:
- The challenges as I see them, faced by people living with dementia
- How does technology help me address those challenges
- What does my organisation need to do next
- Examples of how technology can help
Technology can offer huge potential benefits for people living with dementia, their families and care providers. Whilst not a solution for everyone, technology, such as telecare or apps, can work in a variety of ways to empower and support independence, manage risks, improve health, be enjoyable and aid loved ones.
Working with the Dementia Friendly Technology (DFT) task and finish group formed as part of the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge, the launch of the DFT Charter was a great step forward in terms of understanding the real benefits of technology to people living with dementia. We have now moved on even further and the information sheets, dedicated to specific audiences, can be found here:
- People living with dementia, their families and friends
- Housing providers
- GPs and CCGs
- Hospital discharge teams
- Adult social care teams
- Care home providers
I do hope you find them useful and would be happy to receive your feedback.
The full link is here: www.alzheimers.org.uk/technologycharter