Kemuri

We help older people with dementia to live more safely in their own homes after discharge from hospital or declining capacity for managing everyday living. Families and carers have daily reassurance that people have a reduced risk of unattended falls, dehydration, malnutrition or hypothermia.

Updated:
5 September 2017
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Care, Domiciliary Care, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Housing Sector, Telecare, Health
Local Alliances:
Goldsworth Park Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

In relation to the seven outcomes.  Kemuri is:

Supporting personal choice by not requiring any change to life-style. Designing products with people-centred design principles.  Carers need easy access to information about daily living. Helping people to use kitchen appliances to inform carers of wellbeing. Supplying information of trends of decline of capacity to self-manage food and drink preparation.Helping family, friends and carers to know daily kitchen routine so that they can provide extra support if necessary. Monitoring unobtrusively, without stigma, and automatically alerting carers of high risk of unattended falls, coma, inability to reach the kitchen, dehydration, malnutrition or hypothermia. Offering research institutions accurate daily living data for clinical trials.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Kemuri products are innovative with multi-sensor smart power sockets linked to machine learning and automatic alerts.  Most public sector organisations are risk-averse and do not encourage or support innovators. Kemuri design has to support multiple stakeholders, eg families, carers, housing associations, occupational therapists, clinicians and social workers in addition to the service user who has dementia. Evidence of value for preventive devices is hard to collect.  Large samples are needed to gather statistics about service user and carer experience. 

Member website

www.kemurisense.com

2. Actions

  • Raising awareness of wellbeing monitors

    We will continue to promote the benefits of wellbeing monitoring in events and conferences to health and social care audiences.  We are contacting charities who are supporting people with dementia. 

    We have to provide product information for each market segment, each with their own priorities and sensitivities.

    We plan to attend local Dementia Action Alliance events.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    New member: May 2017

  • Design of Wellbeing Monitor user interfaces

    We are working in an EU funded Erasmus+ project for People-Centred Design.  We are partnered with Durham University and running trials in housing associations in North East England. 

    Requirements are:

    App screen design;Adjusting sensitivity of alerts;Consent processes for data sharing;Messages to carers and alarm response centres

    Variations are needed for professional carers who will have to support a number of service users.  

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    New member: May 2017

  • Develop a dementia research project

    More dementia research is necessary.  We are approaching charitable funders and grant giving organisations. 

    We have already completed a review and focus group with the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing.  With funding, an academic institution could provide credible independent evidence.

    Another possibility is to collect accurate daily living data for dementia drug trial.  This would need partnering with a pharmaceutical company. 

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    New member: May 2017

  • Encourage families to spread the value of wellbeing monitoring

    Join local or national research programs (eg TIHM) and provide case study material

    Status:
    Planning
  • Help carers to interpret sensor data

    We will provide free training to carers using the App or receiving alerts

    Status:
    Investigating