Technology supporting people living with dementia and their carers

Technology has so much to offer people living with dementia and their carers: access to information, advice and entertainment as well as reassurance for a carer who does not live near a loved one. Used sensitively and thoughtfully, technology enhances rather than replaces human relationships and interactions.

Introducing technology

Making sure everything is ready before you start using technology will mean the session runs smoothly – the person with dementia is not distracted by the unfamiliar.

Using technology to keep in touch

Technology provides an array of communication methods so people with dementia can keep in touch with family and friends. It can bring the world to where the person lives and help them to maintain important relationships.

Creating a life story

Technology provides ways to create a full picture of someone’s experiences, likes and dislikes – all vital for care that focuses on the person as an individual.

Using technology for entertainment

Technology brings the world of entertainment into someone’s life, offering a wealth of opportunities for the person with dementia to learn, laugh and enjoy.

Using technology to inform, stimulate and engage

Technology provides an array of methods so people with dementia can be informed, stimulated and engaged.

Being creative with technology

Technology offers the person with dementia the chance to create and express themselves in a range of different ways.

Technology to stay independent

The number of working age people per older person is expected to drop globally by more than 50 per cent over the next years. Can technology provide support without compromising care?

Technology in care homes

If a care or nursing home is being established or upgraded, it is worth considering the contribution technology, and the clever use of data, can make to improve the care and support of residents with dementia living in the care or nursing home.

Disclaimer: The products mentioned are to provide ideas for consideration only, none are endorsed by SCIE.