About this site
Who we are
AT Dementia is managed by Trent Dementia Services Development Centre.
We are a charity that works to promote high quality care and services for people with dementia through consultancy, project work, education and information and advice on assistive technologies.
About AT Dementia
In 2005 Trent Dementia Services Development Centre was funded by the Department of Health to develop an online information resource on assistive technologies for use by people with dementia, carers and professionals.
In the past, many people with dementia were unable to use assistive technology devices because they were not designed for use by people with memory difficulties. Now there are many new technologies which have the potential to enhance the independence of people with dementia and the control they have over their lives. These devices may also help to support carers and reduce the costs associated with hospital and residential/nursing home care.
However, people with dementia, carers and professionals often had difficulties finding up-to-date and user-friendly information on what is available and how it can be obtained and used.
AT Dementia was developed to:
- raise the profile of assistive technology specifically appropriate to the needs of people with dementia
- provide information about the benefits and limitations of assistive technology
- provide up-to-date product information
- provide useful resources
- provide discussion forums so that users of the site could exchange of information
- draw information together on a single accessible website.
New AT Guide
AT Guide is a new on-line self-assessment support tool for people with dementia and their carers.
It is being developed by Trent DSDC in partnership with the Disabled Living Foundation, Innovations in Dementia and York St John University, to help people with dementia and their carers make informed decisions about the use of assistive technology to support independence. It will build on the information provided by AT Dementia and the DLF’s guided advice tool AskSara .
With development funding from the Department of Health, the new tool will be designed with and for people with dementia to consider areas of daily living where they may experience difficulties and suggest advice and information on technologies and other strategies that may be helpful.
This unique new tool for people with dementia and their carers will be completed in 2011. See our pilot site and send us your feedback!