Dementia Friendly Technology

1. Dementia Friendly Technology Charter

The dementia-friendly technology charter has been produced as part of the Dementia Friendly Communities strand of the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia. The charter, developed by a diverse working group led by Tunstall Healthcare, gives people with dementia and their carers information on how to access technology. It also provides guidance to health, housing and social care professionals on how to make technology work for people based on their individual needs.

The overall aims of the charter

  • To help every person with dementia have the opportunity to benefit from technology appropriate to their needs.
  • To outline and encourage the implementation of high-level principles and best practice for organisations that provide services to people with dementia.

Find out about the charter and hear from people living with dementia about how technology has helped them (duration 5:00 mins)

Why read the charter?

You will learn about:

  • What people have told us about living with dementia and their thoughts on how technology could help.
  • How technology services can support people living with dementia and their family and friends, before diagnosis, after diagnosis, during a crisis and when there are other complex needs.
  • A range of case studies and best practice, demonstrating how technology is making a real difference to people's lives.
  • What a good quality technology service should look like. Issues to consider including ethics and consent and the re-evaluation of needs and outcomes.
  • A set of key questions devised to be asked by commissioners, assessment teams and people with dementia and their carers prior to buying technology.
  • Links to other sources for further advice and support.

Download the charter

Why technology?

Whilst not a solution for everyone, technology solutions can work in a variety of ways to support health, manage risks, provide enjoyable and stimulating activities and support loved ones. Technology offers huge potential benefits for people with dementia, whether it's a familiar gadget such as a mobile phone and TV or a specific telecare device to remind someone to take medication. Given the wealth of technological solutions available, it is useful to break these thematically down across three domains aimed at supporting, managing and improving people's lives:

  • Safety: enabling people with dementia to live as fully as possible without putting themselves or others at risk
  • Health: supporting people to manage, assess and treat co-morbidities and improve health outcomes
  • Enhancing: devices or apps to improve the quality of life for people with dementia

Who is the charter for?

  • People living with dementia and their family and friends
  • Commissioners of services for people with dementia
  • Providers of technology and services
  • Health, housing and social care professionals

What do we want to achieve in the first year following the launch of the charter?

  • The charter to be published and communicated across all relevant channels.
  • Work towards having all clinical commissioning groups, local authority and housing commissioners, including the integration pioneers, to sign up to the charter.
  • All service and technology providers to sign up to the charter.