New pilot project seeks participation of people with dementia who live alone

The Dementia Centre has partnered with the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network on the Smarter Safer Homes pilot project. The free three-month program is designed to support people living with dementia to continue to live safely at home.

The pilot project is trialling an innovative smart technology that combines Care@HomePro in-home sensors and monitors with a unique Smarter Safer Homes algorithm developed by CSIRO to enable people with dementia to live independently in their homes for longer.

“We are currently looking for people living with dementia who live alone on the NSW Central Coast to take part in this exciting project,” explains Director of the Dementia Centre, Associate Professor Colm Cunningham.

“At the Dementia Centre, we know that relationship-based care, which is tailored to the individual, provides quality of life for people with dementia and an important part of that is enabling choice, which may include living independently at home.”

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Many older Australians are living alone, either by choice or circumstance, including people living with dementia. This system used in the Smarter Safer Homes Project has technology to monitor the person’s daily activities such as bathing, dressing and undressing, movement, going to the bathroom and eating.

The system detects any unusual changes to routine, empowering the person with dementia to understand and be in control of their own care and support, while alerting their care provider, family, or nominated person, to any changes that may be of concern.

In addition to a 24/7 emergency response monitoring service, the system collects data overtime allowing for any longer-term or subtle changes to be identified. This information can be accessed by the client, family or care services via an app and the web portal and can be used to inform care planning.

Installation of the technology is completed by the specialist Case Manager, experienced in supporting people with dementia in the community. The Case Manager also works closely with the person living at home, and their family, to understand their needs and how best to use the technology to enable them to live safely at home for longer.

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