The Living Lab – improving dementia care with the Internet of Things Written by admin on October 9, 2016

Can the Internet of Things help people living with dementia and their carers?

The Living Lab

All three days of GIANT will feature The Living Lab, an installation of the Internet of Things’ Test Bed project run by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation, which involves 1400 people in Surrey and North East Hampshire who live with dementia and their carers.

The Living Lab is part of Technology Integrated Health Management (TIHM) for dementia, a major new research project funded and monitored by NHS England and Innovate UK, with the aim of trialling different technology and devices. It demonstrates how monitors, robotics and wearables will provide better healthcare for older people in the comfort of their own homes, while network connectivity enables carers to monitor the people they are caring for remotely.

Partners involved in the project include: Alzheimer’s Society, University of Surrey, Royal Holloway University of London, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN), Public Intelligence, six local clinical commissioning groups (including North East Hampshire and Farnham who are the lead commissioner for mental health across Surrey and NE Hants and Guildford and Waverley who specialise in dementia), nine technology companies and other organisations including Action for Carers Surrey, Surrey County Council, Flexeye, Telefonica and Cisco who will provide expert guidance and advice.

This project has the potential to deliver a fundamental change in dementia care, vital because an estimated 850,000 people in the UK live with a confirmed diagnosis of dementia. And with a growing elderly population, this figure is predicted to rise to over a million by 2025, in addition to other long-term physical and mental health conditions.

More details at The Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation website.

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  • Rob Poole says:

    Really excited about the use of technology to support dementia sufferers. My mum is 94 living in a wonderful retirement village in Stoke 50 miles away from me and my family. She has suffered from dementia for over ten years but with her fantastic carers and our family support she still has her independence living in her own apartment. I am a retired headteacher and I have had to carry on my own learning about Mum’s condition. I have been frustrated with the lack of technical support for dementia sufferers like my mum. Is there any way I could have an input into your project?