Using ICT in activities for people with dementia
About this guide
This is a short introduction to using information and communication technology (ICT) in activities for people with dementia. It is aimed at managers and staff in the care sector, and providers of activities for people with dementia. It’s a plain language guide about using mainstream technologies with people with dementia – you don’t need to be technically minded. We hope the guide will be useful for you whether you are new to this topic or already have some experience of using ICTs in dementia support.
What is ICT?
ICT is a broad term. It includes:
- computers – such as desktop computers, smartphones and tablet computers
- the internet – including the world wide web and email
- digital photographic, audio, video and games technologies
- broadcast media – including radio and television.
The types of activities described in this guide may take place in a variety of settings – a day care centre or a residential home for example. While some of the practical details may vary in each setting, the principles are the same wherever you are working. The examples of ‘ICT in action’ are real, with personal details changed for anonymity.
Person-centred dementia care
We have assumed that readers are familiar with the main principles of person-centred care as they apply to people with dementia.
If you would like to know more about person-centred dementia care in general, SCIE’s Dementia Gateway is a good place to start.
This guide is all about commonly available mainstream technology. We have not covered assistive technologies, which are products designed specifically to enable independence for disabled and older people.
For information on assistive technologies and dementia, including a self-help guide, see the AT Dementia website.
There are a number of assistive technologies related specifically to ICTs, for example to help people with visual impairments or dexterity problems to use computers. For information about computer assistive technologies, see AbilityNet’s ‘My computer My way’ guide.