New facility to help people living with dementia and assist them with independent living
Publication date: 15 November 2018
A new facility at St Columcille's Hospital in Ireland lets patients try out new products to assist with independent living.
One of 23 such rooms set to be rolled out nationwide by the end of the year, the free service enables people with memory difficulties, such as dementia, and their families to try out a range of products, from clocks to cookers, designed to make independent living easier. Inspired by a Memory Technology Library set up at South Tipperary General Hospital in 2014, crucially it also gives the facility's senior occupational therapist more time to discuss discharge planning with patients who also have memory issues, something she admits hasn't always been the case in the rush to free up beds.