Dementia - Innovative care for persons with dementia
Progress in the Innovate Dementia Living Labs
The Living Lab Managers of the four Innovate Dementia regions presented at the Third Transnational Symposium in Düsseldorf the progress of the activities in their Living Labs.
In Eindhoven, various products are being tested by persons living with dementia such as: Physical (a week-calendar that sends out light and audio-signals for every scheduled activity) , Vitallight (an intelligent lamp to promote good sleeping), the GoLivePhone® (an easy to use smartphone) and Qwiek Play (interactive games on a large tv screen to promote physical activity). Other products such as a homing compass are being developed in co-creation with the end-users.
The approach of the Living Lab in Eindhoven consists of assessing needs of For the Liverpool Living Lab it is fundamental that persons living with dementia, who also want improved care outcomes, are central in the approach and are equal partners in the Living Lab process. However, they found out that this is not without challenges such as the changing abilities of people living with dementia, too much cognitive load being placed on the person and people being approached individually by business and via social media.
The products tested in Liverpool are end user led: exercise programme, memory enabling technologies; academia led: bricolage and lived experience; health and social care led: schools project, meal positioning and business and industry led: House of memories, Liverpool Football Club.people living with dementia, development, test and evaluation of innovative solutions and finally to generate economic activities to bring these tested products to the market.
In Flanders, the three partners have developed different Living Lab-settings. One is on facilitating people living with dementia in living at home ‘Ageing in place’, another involves the possibilities of the Belgian Post organisation in supporting people with dementia living who live independently in their own homes and another involves community exercise project that are also open for persons living with dementia.
The Living Lab of the Alexianer Research Institute in Krefeld is concerned with the organisation of dementia care at various levels: home, neighbourhood, city, region and supra regional structures. Important is the role of the ICCM: the Independent Continuous Case Manager. This ICCM is an independent care provider – in most cases a social worker – who acts as a consultant/case manager/coördinator during the whole period of the disease.