Cohesion Medical Technology and Dementia Project
To explore how technology can improve the lives of people living with dementia and give them a stronger voice by:
- establishing a baseline of how technology is used by people with dementia and carers by conducting a survey and a series of workshops
- capturing real-world dementia experiences in three “deep-dive” workshops
- generating user stories, experiences and journeys using mixed media formats
- identifying where use of technology can create potential new benefits
- scoping collaborative working with potential partners in this field
- submitting a report and advising on how best to take forward the findings of the project
Cohesion Medical is a technology firm which has been funded to meet with people with dementia and carers to discover what technological solutions they need and would want.
Often technology is designed from the perspective of the professional, e.g. monitoring of medication or alarm systems to monitor movement.
The Trust, and many others, firmly believe that there is much more that technology can be used for to support the independence and confidence of people living with dementia and carers. We also believe that people who design and implement technology have a lot to learn from those who could use it.
In Phase 1 Cohesion Medical created a “Journey of Voices” by listening to the real world experiences and challenges faced by people with dementia and their carers. They also explored the ways in which assistive technology, services and systems can improve the lives of people with dementia and give them a stronger voice.
A survey was completed to establish how technology is used by people with dementia and carers and in-depth user stories were captured through carer conversations and interviews with leading academics and service providers.
Cohesion Medical also met with potential partners in this field and generated user stories, experiences and journeys using mixed media formats. In addition to this they identified where use of technology can create potential new benefits.
Over this three month project, it was found that there existed several disconnected technologies and poorly designed care and support systems that failed in many differing individual circumstances and family context that impact on people with dementia and the person who cares for them.
Already, there is evidence of changing thinking on the part of the engineers involved, as they are seeing dementia in broader terms than is usually the case. We are excited to see where this early work will take us.
This work directly complements the Technology Charter for People Living with Dementia in Scotland, found here.
Outcomes we'd like to see
Cohesion Medical are working towards a vision of Connected Caring Communities, using an innovative solution to connect people with dementia, carers and families with care and support services, health professionals and the wider community within a common digital platform using new sensor, mobile, internet and software technologies.
This would help to deliver a wider more effective and efficient system of connected care by integrating multi-disciplinary care and support services provided by Health and Social Care Professionals with contributions from a trusted dementia-friendly caring community.