People living alone with dementia at home invited to join new pilot project

HammondCare is piloting the latest in health monitoring technology that supports people with dementia to live independently in their homes for longer. The Smarter Safer Homes project is looking for people with dementia who live alone on the NSW Central Coast to take part in the project.

Increasingly, more older Australians are living alone, either by choice or circumstance, including people living with dementia. Caring for a person with dementia who lives alone is rewarding but also challenging. The Dementia Centre at HammondCare believes enabling the person with dementia to live the life they choose is central to quality of life, and this includes supporting the person to live independently and safely in their own home.

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, with funding until June 2022, uses the innovative technologies of Care@HomePro in-home sensors and monitors, combined with the CSIRO Smarter Safer Homes algorithm. Participants are guided and supported throughout the project by a dedicated Case Manager.

Care@Home system

 

The system monitors the persons daily activities and alerts the person’s health provider, family, or nominated person to any unusual changes to routine, identifying risks early, preventing accidents and reducing unnecessary hospital visits.

Daily activities that are monitored include:

  • Personal hygiene and grooming
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Movement and mobility
  • Preparing food and eating

In addition to an immediate alert function, the system collects data over time allowing for any subtle changes to be detected that may suggest underlying health concerns or changes that can be addressed.

“Being able to detect changes to a person’s daily routine early often means that effective action can be taken, allowing the person to stay in their home environment,” explains Associate Professor Colm Cunningham, Dementia Centre Director.

“What is so valuable about this project is that the person with dementia can work with the Case Manager to develop a greater understanding of their needs, empowering them to be in control of their own lives.”

The specialist Case Manager, experienced in supporting people with dementia in the community, will work 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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