Research Projects

Allowing people with memory problems to try out technology products at home

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What was needed

We identified an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their families and carers, as part of the government’s Dementia Challenge.

Our main objective was to set up a Memory Technology Library to raise awareness of simple technology products and assess whether they are of real benefit.

It was important that we set out to inform and familiarise people with available products that might help them through the form of a lending library.

Who did it benefit

The Memory Technology Library was set-up to allow people with memory problems to try out technology products at home.

Design and development

We applied our expertise and consulted our industry partners to select the most suitable technology products on the market.

The Memory Technology Library held a collection of five key products which people in the Bath and North East Somerset area could try out at home or in a care setting for free:

  • Day Clock
  • Talking Photo Album
  • Talking Tile
  • Talking Card
  • Day/Night Orientation Clock (for use in hospitals and care homes)

We had librarians who could assess someone’s needs and help them find the best product(s) for them at the partner centres listed below, with the BaNES Carers’ Centre as a first port of call:

Designability partnered with the Therapeutic Media Company to support the publicity, dissemination and evaluation of the library.

What we found

You can download the Memory Technology Library Report which surmises the project and its outcomes.

Download the Memory Technology Library Report