support for people with dementia in remote areas

 

N0030741 Paramedic attending a call in the countrysideImage source: Justine Desmond, Wellcome Images//cc by-nc-nd 4.0

RemoDem aimed to develop, test and evaluate services for people with dementia in remote areas of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Sweden and Scotland. Formative and summative evaluation used a flexible research design including collection of baseline data, interviews and focus groups with key informants and data relating to service users, i.e. people with dementia and their carers.

Challenges for service providers included organisational difficulties, lack of clear information about their populations with dementia and lack of knowledge in local communities. Test sites which developed services building on their particular local starting points adopted both specialist and ‘off the shelf’ technologies and found that these were generally helpful for people with significant support needs.

Services were more successful where more mature and less experimental technologies were used. The new services promised to address effectively challenges of remoteness including distance, communication and workforce deployment issues.

Full reference: Bowes, A et al. RemoDem: Delivering support for people with dementia in remote areas Published online before printDementia April 14, 2016

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