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Project Details

Keywords: [Dementia] [Supporting Older People] [Telecare/Telehealth]
Name: INDEPENDENT - Investigating Enabling Domestic Environments for People with Dementia [archived - not updated]
Start Date: 1st Nov 03
End Date: 23rd Apr 07
Total Project Fund: 605,589UK Pounds
Background: EPSRC-funded, interdisciplinary project involving partners who are active in the fields of dementia and/or technology. The Project will build on previous work in this area. The emphasis will be on avoiding institutional care, facilitating early hospital discharge, improving people’s quality of life (e.g. enjoyment, independence, stress levels, social inclusion and safety) and providing carers with support and information
Description: The key user groups are: older people with dementia; informal carers; social care providers.
Objective: To listen to people with dementia and learn about their daily living requirements; To address the needs of people with dementia in the design and manufacture of assistive technology products; To obtain feedback and recommendations from people with dementia on the suitability, value and effectiveness of the products; To disseminate the findings and facilitate technology exploitation.
Progress: As of March 07, Phase 1.2 and 3 have been completed. Three prototype assistive technology products have been developed and small scale trials with people with dementia have taken place. A survey of local authority plans for telecare provision has also taken place as part of the project. Research on the marketability of these prototypes is currently taking place. Final reports are currently being written. Results of the research have been published in a variety of gerontological, architectural, engineering and other journals. March 2008: The project is now complete. Twelve papers have been written so far and others are underway. The project has delivered two specific products: 1) the Music Player and 'window on the world' are at a pre-marketable stage of development and 2) a comprehensive set of guidelines for architects, Guidance to Activities in Dementia Care, a tool designed to promote activity.

Organisations Involved In This Project


Organisation Name Type Tel Town Contact
Designability (Bath Institute of Medical Engineering)
01225 824103
Dr Roger Orpwood
School of Architecture - University of Sheffield
0114 222 0399
Ms Judith Torrington
Division of Primary Care - University of Liverpool
0151 794 8041
Ms Pam Clarke

Funding for this project includes a contribution from:

Organisation Name Type Tel Town
EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Grant Making Body
01793 444000/444100