A pioneering new Pathfinder scheme from Hampshire County Council, in partnership with Argenti Telecare, is now underway to support people living with dementia across Hampshire.
The Pathfinder scheme involves an initial group of 100 people living with an early/new diagnosis of dementia in trialling the telecare service. Telecare is a 24 hour personal emergency monitoring service which helps people to continue to live independently in their own home. Using wireless technology and environmental sensors to continuously monitor those with care and support needs, 24 hour monitoring ensures that the right help can be provided immediately and also gives reassurance to relatives and carers who are not able to provide round the clock support. Those living with dementia at home can call for help with the simple touch of a button – where they can then be linked to the telecare monitoring team who can provide the help and support required.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care commented: “Telecare has proved hugely successful in helping many of the county’s older residents and those with disabilities to continue living independently at home. We have only started to scratch the surface of the enormous potential benefits that technology can bring in the field of adult social care, and this Pathfinder, particularly tailored to the needs of those with dementia, offers exciting possibilities in helping maintaining quality of life and independence.”
Those taking part in the scheme are largely being identified by the County Council funded Dementia Advisers working for Andover Mind and the Alzheimer’s Society. In addition the Pathfinder scheme is working with some consultants and GPs in Hampshire to further identify individuals that may benefit from this service.
It is estimated that around 20,000 people are currently living with dementia in Hampshire, and the numbers are expected to increase by 30% over the next seven years. The aim is to review the impact of the scheme after six months using feedback from participants plus their carers, along with Argenti telecare service providers and the Adult Services team at Hampshire County Council. If the Pathfinder scheme proves successful, there is scope to expand the programme to many more people with dementia in the county.