Good Practice Example 01 - Improving access to ICT in adult social care setting

Summary

In November 2007, Dementia Voice-Housing21 and Innovations in Dementia CIC ran a project jointly to pilot the use of computers in day centres for people with dementia. One of the aims of the project was to develop accessible training materials for use with people with dementia based on the learning from the project. The project ended in December 2008, and has shown that people with dementia can engage in computer work at many different levels. Many organisations of this nature have little or limited access to ICT, this applies to staff or service users. The common misconception is that people with dementia cannot learn new skills, or be able to benefit from being involved in interacting with computers. which is untrue

Using a computer with the aid of a special trackaball device, and help from a carer

Using a computer with the aid of a special trackaball device, and help from a carer

Objective

To introduce computers and internet access into day centres for people with dementia. To work with day centre staff to test a model of working with people with dementia and computers, and to refine training materials.

The intended outcomes of the project were

Outcomes

People with dementia using computers

Use of computers within the day centre

The project was funded by NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).

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