Technology can help people living with dementia and their carers, a report by a digital charity has argued.
The Tinder Foundation’s new 36-page report argues that basic digital skills can improve a patient’s relationship with health care professionals and digital technology can be successfully embedded into dementia care.
These findings come on the back of Tinder Foundation’s three year programme with NHS England which aimed to widen digital participation in health. People living with dementia were one of the audience groups where the introduction of technology proved particularly effective, and who realised the greatest impacts in terms of personal confidence and wellbeing.
An in-depth study followed five specialist UK online centres working with dementia patients and carers between January and April this year, to track the social, medical and digital barriers to learning, understand best practice and the features of successful delivery, as well as recording the health and wellbeing outcomes of using digital technology.
Helen Milner, chief executive at the Tinder Foundation, said: “Digital is not just a channel where you push out services; it’s actually something that can be very empowering for patients and their carers.
“It’s really important that health care professionals from all different aspects of the health and social care sector are listening to the fact that digital has such an important role to play.”
The five community partners that provided the were: Age UK South Tyneside, Canada Water Library in London, Denby Dale Centre in West Yorkshire, Lincs Training, and Oasis Community Centre in Nottinghamshire.
One recommendation was to create digital champions, health care professionals who work with people with dementia to teach them basic digital skills.
The report said 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, and there are 670,000 informal carers of people with dementia.
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