People with dementia to be at the heart of new technology trial

Published Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Press release issued by Leicestershire County Council.

Around 50 people with dementia, who live at home with a family member or an unpaid carer, will help test a new assistive technology system.

People with dementia will have their activity and daily routine in the home monitored using sensors, a smart plug and a sleep sensor to gather information.

This information is then shared - via an app - to a family member/friend, showing a timeline of activity as well as raising any issues of concern.

Councillor Richard Blunt, county council cabinet member for adult social care, said:

We’re really keen to explore how effective some of the new digital technology could be in supporting people with dementia and their carers.

The volunteers, who we hope will come forward to take part in this free trial, will be able to give us their honest opinion on how well this type of equipment works for them and what could be improved.

If you or a member of your family is a resident in one of the council areas, you may be able to take part in our six-month pilot project. To find out more please email assistivetechnologydementiapilot@leics.gov.uk or telephone 0116 305 0017 between 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday.