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HomeCare blog - September 2018

HomeCare blog

What a summer so far! Our work on HomeCare has generated lots of interest, and we are heading toward November’s submission to the challenge with great excitement.

Two of the team attended the Alzheimer’s Show in London, and it was a great experience for us.

There was such a range of novel solutions, both with technology and without. I really loved the ‘Dementia Adventure’ freebie; a piece of plant-able paper with flower seeds. Such a simple and elegant idea to help people spend a little more time outdoors – something shown to help with dementia.

A piece of plantable paper with flower seeds

Credit: Dementia Adventure

My takeaway from the 2 day show was that there is a space for HomeCare as an Alexa app to help people, but we’ve got our work cut out to stand out from all the awesome competition!
Since our last blog we’ve been working largely on legal hurdles ☹ It turns out that making something that isn’t a medical device, but could be mistaken for one, means navigating MHRA and NHS rules – not to mention anything that stores data about a user falls under everyone’s favourite: GDPR. We have spent time with the lawyers this month working out what this means for us, and we are confident we’ve found the right solution.
Dr Justin Marley together with members of the Dementia Service in EPUT has undertaken a survey about our solution with people with Dementia and their carers. We are in the process of analysing the results. Lastly, we will be having an afternoon in September to spend time with people living with dementia and their family, in a design-thinking workshop to make sure we’re on the right track.