Remaining at home as long as possible can be personally, socially and economically beneficial for many people with dementia and their families.
A summary of aims of this project, conducted by the Faculty of Computing and Engineering at the University of Ulster, follows (quoted from the FAST website):
“This project addresses the memory problems which are the most common cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s disease by developing a mobile phone-based system which provides a wide range of memory cues.
A key objective of the research is to provide an opportunity for a ‘virtual carer’ to be a regular presence in the home, as a means of improving the independence and quality of life for people with dementia.
A specially equipped, easy-to-use mobile phone will provide automatic, video streaming, individualized messages about everyday issues (for example, reminders about medications, directions for getting prepared meals ready and prompts about tasks to accomplish). The person receiving care is trained to use a modified keypad to acknowledge each video message, and the signal is sent to a central unit for monitoring to check on the person’s activities”.