Ground-breaking dementia technology is undergoing trials with patients and their carers in Surrey and Hampshire.
The trial is organised by the Department of Health and is part of a drive to find new ways to deliver care for people with long term and complex health conditions.
The key aims of Technology Integrated Health Management known as TIHM is to help people with dementia to stay safe and well in their homes and relieve some of the pressures on carers
The system involves using a variety of devices and sensors, which are based on Internet of Things technologies that allow clinicians to remotely monitor people’s health and safety round the clock and in real time. Things like body weight, hydration, temperature, blood pressure and mood are checked with the results going back to a monitoring team. The aim of the technology is to help clinicians identify problems early on so they can step in to support someone before they need emergency care.
The technology is able to identify health and safety issues such as a fall or high blood pressure or whether someone has wandered too far from home.
It can also identify whether someone is not following their usual patterns of behaviour. For example, if they are not moving around the home as much as usual or they aren’t following their usual patterns of behaviour for eating and drinking.
Dr Helen Rostill, director of innovation and development at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our early results are really encouraging. We’re finding that carers and people with dementia feel we’re offering a safety net through our 24/7 real time monitoring, and people’s health and other behaviours.
“We’re helping them to feel more connected with services, giving them the confidence to remain at home, and giving carers the opportunity to take a bit of a break, so that might be going into the garden or going to the shop, with the knowledge that their loved one is safe in the house.”
.Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is leading the TIHM for dementia study but is working closely with a number of key partners.
These include the Alzheimer’s Society, University of Surrey, Royal Holloway University of London and eight technology companies.
.You can take part in the dementia technology study by filling out a form online .