Exemplar: Videos for Dementia patients

The Hebrew Home in Riverdale, Canada has been testing videos on patients – specifically, videos showing their family and friends doing things such as greeting them in the morning and talking them through morning routines. Dementia patients are easiest to handle when in a routine, and the videos seem to assist with this.

CareReality wants to emulate their success with its video technology, allowing the patients to be up even closer to their loved ones without the barrier of a tablet or monitor – instead letting them walk around and see them as if they were standing before them.

‘Relatives who take part are urged to say good morning, use memory-triggering personal anecdotes and remind the residents that attendants will be helping them get dressed and ready for the day.’ states the CTV Canada article on the topic, speaking on how the Hebrew Home are attempting to use the videos as a way to both jog memory and to set a ‘positive tone’ for the day.

However, the article does go on to state that ‘[the] program at the Hebrew Home is limited to residents in the early and moderate stages of dementia who are likely to recognize the people in the video and understand what they say.’ This means that whilst CareReality’s videos may help those in the early stages, only the more immersive experiences without faces or voices would help later on, as they wouldn’t add to the confusion of hearing voices and seeing faces that the user doesn’t recognise any longer.

Reference: Fitzgerald, J. 2015. Families make videos to calm dementia patients. [Online]. [26 May 2017]. Available from: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/families-make-videos-to-calm-dementia-patients-1.2331748

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