We are a social enterprise passionate about improving meaningful activity for people with dementia. We create individual memory/life history profiles for people living in residential homes and in the community. The profiles can be accessed on a touchscreen tablet or iPad and are created alongside family members and carers.
- 4 August 2015
- South East
- Care, Health
- Local Alliances:
- Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Thanet Dementia Action Alliance, Dover and Deal Dementia Action Alliance, Canterbury Dementia Action Alliance, Sandwich 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?
We believe that every person with dementia should be able to enjoy their past and present even when it has been forgotten. Interactive Me support people in residential homes and in the community to engage in meaningful personalised activity which seeks to improve a person's mood, self-awareness and wellbeing. We believe in a personalised service which includes both the individual and the family/carer. Our personalised memory profiles allow people to engage in their life histories to improve their sense of belonging when they may have lost awareness of their self-identity.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The main challenge Interactive Me faces is that we utilise new technologies (touchscreen tablets/iPads). People with dementia and their carers may not necessarily be aware of how to use or have access to such devices. We do however offer training for people who do not know how to use our system which has been purposefully built with users with dementia in mind.
Improving meaningful activity in Kent
Our mission is to improve personalised activity for people with dementia in residential homes and in the Kent community. We believe that by engaging in meaningful memory awareness and cognitive stimulation people with dementia can enjoy their present. We offer a service which builds people online memory profiles which people can access on a touchscreen tablet or iPad. By engaging in a personalised memory profile people with dementia can improve their wellbeing. Carers and family members may also benefit from respite periods when their loved ones engage in Interactive Me. Care home staff will be able to offer more compassionate care due to a better understanding of the person they are caring for. Our passion is helping people with dementia engage with their past to bring meaning to their present.
- Being implemented
Educating care homes on the benefits of reminiscence and life history
We are currently offering residential homes in East Kent free training for staff. The training consists of staff better understanding the benefits of reminiscence and life history work for people with dementia. We hope this will improve patient care as well as the knowledge base regarding this type of active engagement.
- Being implemented