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.