High Care – Assistive technology for better dementia care

One of the most prominent challenges of our society today is dementia which requires high care facilities. Dementia is a condition which affects the ability of the patient to perform daily tasks. In 2012, dementia was officially recognised as the ninth National Health Priority Area.

The proportion of our elderly loved ones has grown at an unprecedented rate with an increased life expectancy which means an increased demand for high care facilities. Assistive technology can be broadly described as any item or system which enables a person to perform a task which they would otherwise be not able to do. It can help the frail and vulnerable members of our society to live safely with increased ease and comfort.

Assistive technology can support someone requiring high care services by helping them with everyday living, safety, communication, monitoring and reminders. The key benefits associated with assistive technology in high care facilities include efficiency and cost effectiveness, safe and secure living, more privacy, high quality of care etc.