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How is activity promoted for people with dementia?

Published: 13 September 2018

During a full day, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs in the digitization industry, researchers from Luleå University of Technology and patient organizations. The aim was to The aim was to promote increased activity for residents in care and housing care, by finding better planning tools for their personal activities.

 –We need a tool where we can plan activities for each of the patients both short and long term. It should be readily available to staff, relatives and residents so that you can see what an accommodation has been done and what has been planned in the future, Ulla Rova, said, a unit manager at Midskog's care and care center in Luleå.

To meet and contribute with different knowledge and experiences to create new ideas for a solution that can work in real life, that was the challenge for the participants at the Samuel Seminar held this week, with the mission: Promote increased activity for patients in healthcare and care residents. The seminar was part of the Samuel project, which will be a collaboration environment for companies, healthcare, academia and citizens, where digital technology can be tested and evaluated in collaboration between the actors.

Dementia activities are vital

The seminar started extremely concretely with the staff at one of the departments at the Midskog's care and care center in Luleå, which cares for younger dementia patients (60 years and younger), reported on their activities and about a problem they identified and needed help with. A better solution could enhance the quality of life for the residents. For people with dementia it is important to get activities that are linked to them as people and their ability. A person who previously liked to dance, listen to music, or to run, may feel better and be safer, calmer and happier if such activities are offered. For people with dementia, activities by capacity are vital.

– It's about a demented person waking up and getting mental mentally by doing activities. That they are treated as a person, a human being and not a disease, Elisabet Bergdal, said, a nurse at Midskog's care and care center in Luleå.

Different skills are important

The problem for staff Midskog's care and care center in Luleå, was that they did not have a good tool for activities. Now, notes on papers were made of what activities were taking place and which would take place but it was difficult to communicate upon handover, when temporary work was taken or when relatives wanted to know what their spouse or mother / dad did during the week. What has Dad done today and what did he think about it? Which of my colleagues helped Agda get out to the yarn and how was that? Today's assignment at the seminar was to discuss what different digitization tools could facilitate planning, follow-up and reporting on a resident's activities. The participants got to know the different technical solutions available today and then they were put in different discussion groups.

– We who work with the development of IT products really need to understand what it is for problems we really should solve, therefore it is important to meet the people who really will use our products that we develop, and not just the management that decides what to buy. Meeting as we have done today creates a creative environment where everyone contributes with different skills, Emil Lilja, Evado, said.

At the end of the day, various suggestions were presented for solutions using digital technology.

– I think it's been great, just meeting so many different skills and activities, researchers, healthcare professionals and the IT industry," Britt-Inger Jonsson, said, organizational and environmental coordinator at the Social Security Development Unit in Bodens kommun.,

Per-Olof Egnell

Per-Olof Egnell, Operational Manager

Phone: +46 (0)920 492089
Organisation: eHealth Innovation Centre, Department of Health, Education and Technology