Memory Tracks Ltd

Memory Tracks is a care platform that provides a personalised selection of music tailored to the individual patient's routine, their family, carers, and needs. It consists of three principle elements: A touch screen music/activity interface delivered via a tablet or smartphone app, a scheduling function enabling music based reminders, and a sensor environment with reminiscence music at its core.

Updated:
5 June 2018
Location:
National
Sectors:
Arts, Businesses and shops, Other

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?

Music is an underused tool across all forms of health and wellbeing, despite its extraordinary therapeutic potential. This is particularly true with Dementia, where the power of music to transform outcomes is now well documented. We believe the use of reminiscence music can significantly decrease many of the behaviours associated with Dementia; anxiety, disorientation, anger, fear, irritability, depression, and withdrawal, and improve the lives of people affected by dementia, family members, and carers. We aim to help people affected by dementia remain more independent in the early stages of the illness, and later on be more connected to their environment, suffer lower anxiety, depression and agitation, and be easier to care for. Their Memory Tracks will also serve as a constant connection between the patient and their family, assisting recognition and shared experiences. An iOS and Android app is being developed, which will deliver a simple to use source of personalise music accessed via a touch screen. In addition the songs can be scheduled to play at defined times during the day, to remind drinking, or taking medication, for instance. The music can also be linked to a sensor environment so music can be triggered by actions, or the absence of actions.

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

Our organisation will require support to test our developments at each stage, and feedback recommendations on how we better meet the needs of those living with dementia, their carers and family. We have some access to care homes in SE London, and in Wales, but we will need many more testing relationships. We would currently love to be able to speak with as many carers and family members to understand the main challenges they face day to day, and how we can adapt the product so that it truly meets as many of these needs as we can provide.

Member website

www.memorytracks.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Launch of the Memory Tracks Music Care App

    During the latter part of 2018 we will launch the Memory Tracks App on both iOS and Android. This App will have a free level that provides a small selection of music from the 30s, 40s and 50s and before. A subscriber service will add all songs from these decades, and the 60s. 

    The Memory Tracks App will also include the scheduling feature enabling timed play of any song. 

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member - December 2017

  • Develop the Memory Tracks Sensor Kit

    In addition to the Memory Tracks Music Care Platform App we will develop an additional section that links to a variety of sensors. These sensors could be door sensors, movement sensors, proximity, etc. They are positioned to know when an action has been performed, or when on hasn't. For instance if a pill box is lifted up, a specific personal song plays to remind the person what they need to do next, take their medication. If the pill box isn't picked up by a certain time, then that song will also play. This can be extended to anything; drinking water, getting out of bed, opening the fridge etc. 

    Status:
    Investigating

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member - December 2017

  • Pilot of Memory Tracks in Pendine Park Care Homes

    We are begining our pilot programme within the Pendine Park Care Group homes in June 2018. This will be a full pilot with 6 residents and care workers, then repeated in a second home after we have assessed the results. This pilot is a template for further pilots through the late summer and autumn 2018. We will be publishing the results with Glyndwr University in Sept/Oct.

    Status:
    Being implemented