Support of people with dementia in remote areas (RemoDem)
Support of people with dementia in remote areas
Start date: Sep 30, 2012,
End date: Sep 29, 2014
The Remodem project will develop and test an integrated service package for people with dementia living in remote rural communities which allows and supports them to continue living in their current homes and postpones their placement in institutional care. This will be achieved through modules of support incorporating tested ICT services. The modules will give people with dementia improved access to qualified dementia-specific community support and enable more cost-efficient care. The modules will respond both to the direct support needs of people with dementia and the needs of others who support them among family and friends, health and care professionals, and care providers. The project is transnational and involves partners in Scotland, Sweden, Norway, the Faeroe Islands, and Greenland.Aim & Objectives:The main objective of the RemoDem project is to develop and test an integratedThe main objective of the RemoDem project is to develop and test an integrated service package for people with dementia living in remote rural communities which allows and supports them to continue living in their current homes and postpones their placement in institutional care.This will be achieved by integrating knowledge on best practice in home based dementia care with innovating use of ICT technology and national guidelines for careTransnational exchange of experiences will also be part of the work strategy. Achievements: The Remodem project has developed and tested an integrated service package for people with dementia living in remote rural communities, which allows and supports them to continue living in their current homes and postpones their placement in institutional care.RemoDem products and services The RemoDem toolThe service is a decision tool to be used to help service providers to develop and deliver new and improved dementia services. It is a flexible tool that covers several modules of support to people with dementia, their family, support staff, and the community and has been used by all participants.Remote supportIPads are tested as a tool for improved support for people with dementia (users) and their family. The iPads is used by the users and their family to communicate with the home care services, home nursing services, and other health staff. The service is offered to persons with dementia living in their own homes. Different iPad-services have been tested in in the Faroe Islands as well as both Norrbotten municipalities.Home visits to persons with dementia can be made via the Giraff, which is a remote controlled mobile device with a camera and monitor providing remote assistance and security to the elderly in their own homes. Home care staff and friends or family may call the person with dementia from their computer. The caller may control the Giraff from the computer, moving around in the users home. The user may also call from the Giraff, using a remote control. The service has been tested in the Western Isles.Remote supervision night-timeMany persons with dementia living in their own homes need supervision during the night. Home care staff is therefore scheduled to visit to check their condition at appointed times during the night. Night cameras installed in the users home make these visits redundant. Health staff are able to check the users condition at scheduled times without leaving their office. Pictures are not recorded or saved. Night cameras have been tested in Arvidsjaur.Navigation supportThe Posifon wrist band is a GPS-tool suitable for assisting users to navigate when being outdoors. The wrist band contains a GPS, an alarm button and a mobile phone. When the user pushes the alarm button, the phone calls or sends messages to family or health staff. A map service informs of the users position. The service has been tested in Pajala and Arvidsjaur for persons in the early stages of dementia.Dementia Friendly CommunityNHS Western Isles is currently working in partnership with local businesses across the Western Isles that have an ambition to become Dementia Friendly. The Dementia Friendly initiative aims to give public recognition and support to shops, businesses and towns across the Western Isles that are taking steps towards being more inclusive towards people with dementia.
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