The Care Research and Technology Centre

This centre is a ground-breaking new initiative set to disrupt the way we think about dementia care. Healthy home technology will deliver a smart network of devices that sense and respond to the needs of a person living with dementia, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions.

This technology is transforming the lives of people living with dementia. Helping to revolutionise primary care for the people that need it most. By supporting this innovative research you will be helping us to bring people with dementia home – where they want to be.

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What is the Care Research and Technology Centre?

Forming part of the UK Dementia Research Institute, the Care Research and Technology Centre will develop technologies to enable people to live in their homes for as long as possible. Based at Imperial College London, in collaboration with The University of Surrey, this unique new centre will use a range of approaches – from artificial intelligence and robotics to sleep monitoring – to enable people with dementia to live safely and independently in their own homes. The new technologies they develop will allow us to intervene at the first sign of trouble, to prevent the crises that so often lead to hospital stays, or a move to a care home. What’s more, the information gathered will enable us to improve our understanding of dementia.

How will this help people living with dementia?

Developing dementia shouldn’t have to mean losing your independence and your choice to live in your own home. But we know there can be problems – from the 74-year-old who kept leaving the gas on, to the woman whose urine infection went undetected so long she ended up spending 12 weeks in hospital – and we want to find a solution. We know that technology will never replace human contact. But with the right approach, assistive technology can bring additional support and peace of mind to people affected by dementia.

How your support can make a difference

  • Helpdesk

    £5per month could pay for 83 sessions on the directory this year. For someone living with dementia, finding dementia services close to home so you can connect with people locally can be a difficult and frustrating process. That's why we created Dementia Directory, an online directory that is so simple to use - pop in a postcode and all local services will appear in seconds.

  • Helpdesk

    £8per month could pay for over 750 Talking Point conversations this year. Talking Point is a safe online space where people living with dementia can share, comfort, reassure, and learn from each other. In other words…a problem shared is definitely a problem halved!

  • Helpdesk

    £12.50per month could pay for our National Dementia Helpline to be there for 15 people living with dementia this year. The aftermath of a diagnosis of dementia can be earth shattering. Being able to reach out to a trusted expert, to confidentially be able to share your fears and confusion is priceless, it’s a godsend.

  • Helpdesk

    £500could go towards methods of tracking sleep quality. Sleep disturbance is a significant problem in dementia, but is hard to monitor at home. The centre will develop new ways to track sleep via motion sensors in the beds and bed sheets.

  • Two women

    £1000could go towards artificial intelligence that will automatically integrate all this patient information and flag any changes – for instance highlighting a change in walking pattern that might suggest a patient is at risk of a fall, or an elevated temperature that could suggest an infection.

  • Woman careworker

    £1500could go towards robotic devices that interact with patients living with dementia. These devices will alert patients to safety risks – such as spilt liquid on the floor or a cooker left on, in addition to monitoring if a patient seems agitated or distressed, and notifying the patient’s healthcare team.