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Tablets and GPS to people with dementia

Published: 4 November 2013

Connected tablets, gps bracelet and new staff collaborations is tested now in Pajala and Arvidsjaur to facilitate for people with dementia.
It is the result of an EU-funded project that´s been going on the last year.
The project is a collaboration between the Norrbotten County Council, Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and the municipalities concerned.

-The goal is to find methods that improve the quality of support for people with dementia in rural areas by using the best available knowledge, says Stefan Sävenstedt, Department of Health Sciences, Luleå University of Technology, LTU, project manager.

The University contributes with experience and knowledge of e-health, among other things.

An important part of the project is to develop cooperation between the municipalities and the County Council. Now dementia team has been created, with staff from both healthcare providers.

-Joint team has not existed in the past and is an important tool for improving support to people with dementia, says Stefan Sävenstedt.

Nocturnal supervision

As part of the aid may now ten people with dementia in each municipality will get chance to be keeping in touch with relatives and care through internet connected tablet devices with integrated camera.

Some of them will also get the option to use bracelets with built in GPS positioning as a precaution if they would get lost.

In Arvidsjaur also nocturnal supervision by means of a connected camera will be tested at a number of people.

-It will be  an alternative to the staff walking around between the apartments, says Stefan Sävenstedt.

These solutions are possible thanks to a well-developed broadband Internet communication in the municipalities.


-It's unique, it's probably more developed here than anywhere else in Europe, says Stefan Sävenstedt.

In connection with the project, the university will conduct a research project. It's about how the residents of rural municipalities look at dementia and how the support should be designed.

-We will both make surveys and interviews in the municipalities. It is about which measures that can provide higher quality of life for people with dementia and their families. For example, is someone willing to bring av person with dementia with them on the hunt for elk,  says Britt-Marie Välivaara, the Department of Health, LTU.


Two-year EU project
RemoDem is an international project on support to people with dementia in rural areas. It will run for two years. The project is part of the EU's Northern Periphery Programme.

Dementia Project
E-readers and computers can be used for contact with relatives or care. Photo: Kjell Öberg / NLL