Smarter Homes for the Future - Stockton-on-Tees
“The project proved that relatively small changes can make a big difference to someone’s peace of mind and independence, as well as alleviating some of the pressures on family members.” (Independent Homecare Manager)
Working in partnership with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and local homecare agencies, Stockton Borough Council launched the ‘Smarter Homes for the Future’ pilot in 2011.
The project provided home care staff and other professionals with specialist dementia training so they would be able to advise people living with dementia about adaptations to make their homes more dementia friendly. Adaptations included the use of assistive technology, dementia-friendly design principles and effective utilisation of colour, contrast and clarity to support the person living with dementia to remain at home longer.
Results of the 2012 project evaluation found there had been little or no deterioration in the clients’ quality of life and cognition throughout the six month evaluation. In addition the implementation of ‘Design for Living’ principles and assistive technology resulted in a positive impact on the mental well-being of the clients and reduced pressure on family members.
As of May 2014 a group has been established to mainstream the principles of the project through key social care and health partners.