18 May 2023
Transforming dementia care: how technology-enabled care makes a difference
Dementia is a challenging condition that affects millions of people worldwide, causing memory loss, cognitive decline, and difficulties with everyday tasks. While there is currently no cure for dementia, technology has emerged as a powerful ally in providing support and improving the quality of life for individuals living with this condition.
Here we will explore the ways in which technology-enabled care is transforming the landscape of dementia care, offering innovative solutions and enhancing the overall wellbeing of those affected.
Assistive technologies for memory support
One of the primary difficulties faced by individuals with dementia is memory impairment. Technology has stepped in to bridge this gap by offering a range of assistive devices and applications specifically designed to support memory function. These tools can include electronic reminders, smart home systems, and wearable devices that provide prompts and cues to help individuals remember important tasks, appointments, and medication schedules. By enabling better organisation and memory recall, these technologies empower individuals with dementia to maintain their independence and improve their overall wellbeing.
Remote monitoring and safety
Caring for someone with dementia often involves concerns about their safety and well-being, especially if they live alone or have a tendency to wander. Technology-enabled care offers remote monitoring solutions, such as GPS tracking devices and home monitoring systems, which can alert carers or loved ones when a person with dementia leaves a designated area or faces potential danger. These systems provide peace of mind to carers while respecting the independence of individuals with dementia, allowing them to remain in familiar surroundings for longer periods.
Communication and social engagement
Dementia can lead to social isolation and feelings of loneliness, as individuals may struggle with communication and connecting with others. Technology can help to bridge this gap. Video calling platforms, social media platforms, and specialised communication apps enable individuals with dementia to connect with family, friends, and support networks, regardless of physical distance. These technologies help combat social isolation, promote emotional wellbeing, and foster a sense of belonging.
Technology-enabled care has emerged as a powerful tool in transforming the lives of individuals living with dementia providing enhanced support, improving quality of life, and empowering individuals with dementia to live with dignity, independence, and a greater sense of wellbeing. As technology continues to advance, it holds the promise of further revolutionising dementia care, offering hope for a brighter future for those affected by this condition.
Our key aim at Delta Wellbeing is to help and support people to live independently at home for as long as possible. For further information or advice, please call one of our specially trained advisors on 0300 333 2222.