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 system which provides a wide range of memory cues. Through the use of a specially equipped, easy-to-use mobile phone, a “virtual” caregiver becomes a regular presence in the home. Throughout the day, the person with Alzheimer’s disease receives automatic, video streaming, individualized messages from the caregiver 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.
The long-term goal is to create a means of supporting people with Alzheimer’s disease so that they can continue to live independently, by providing prompts for the tasks involved in daily activities”.