Dementia treatment innovations
The building, which is located at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford, incorporates several innovative concepts and technologies to support individuals living with dementia. These range from simple inexpensive solutions to high tech innovations, all of which are based on proven academic research.
The house is open to the public, offering anyone with an interest in dementia care the opportunity to gather ideas, solutions and inspiration.
The house will also continue to provide invaluable data to the research team at Loughborough about how individuals interact with the technology and the day-to-day living patterns and routines of any inhabitants.
One of the home’s more hi-tech features is an Acti-chair, which includes resistance bands with inbuilt sensors to guide strength, speed and direction of movement. The Acti-chair not only promotes physical well-being but also improves memory by encouraging repetition of exercise patterns.
As well as the hi-tech gadgets, the home is packed with simple, inexpensive solutions such as self-closing fridge doors, glass cabinets, simple switches, large clocks and furniture with no protruding corners to minimise injuries from falls.