To coincide with World Alzheimer’s Day this Saturday, and the one-year anniversary of the launch of RemindMeCare at Maidstone Hospital in 2018, Bluebird Care Maidstone has announced that the trial has been a success and the free service will continue for another 12 months.
RemindMeCare is an innovative digital service delivered free of charge to patients on the ward at Maidstone and Pembury hospitals. The RemindMeCare app helps people with dementia to reminisce about their earlier lives, promoting social interaction and improving quality of life.
More than 650,000 people in England have dementia and that figure is expected to double by 2040. Recent studies have shown that reminiscing about past experiences has a very positive impact on the wellbeing of people living with dementia and their ability to feel part of a community.
Clare Mortlock, Operations Manager at Bluebird Care Maidstone, said: “As a local home care provider, we support many customers living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, and we know that hospital can often be a daunting, confusing and scary place for them.
“RemindMeCare helps to stimulate social interaction and provides plenty of content to help doctors and nurses to connect with the patients in their care. Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen firsthand how the technology helps bring memories back to life and starts conversations, making a big difference to the care of people living with dementia.”
The RemindMeCare app enables carers to create a personalised library of pictures, games, music and videos that relates to the person’s life and experiences, to stimulate conversations and promote social interaction and memory recall.
Developed in association with leading dementia care professionals, this groundbreaking approach places the customer at the centre of care provision and provides unique tools and activities that assist them to better express their likes and dislikes.