Objectives

The main objective of the project is to develop and test an integrated service package for people with dementia living in remote rural communities which allows and supports them to continue living in their current homes and postpones their placement in institutional care.

The RemoDem service package will achieve this through modules of support incorporating tested ICT services which give people with dementia improved access to qualified dementia-specific community support and enable more cost-efficient care. 

For organisations with responsibilities for providing care in remote and sparsely populated areas, helping older people who need support to remain independent and live at home involves additional challenges, including how to support social and family contacts when people are far apart, and how to provide specialist care and support older people in such areas when their health is declining.

The RemoDem service package modules will use emerging innovative ICT solutions to support older people with dementia living in rural areas to access professional health and care services based in larger towns and cities without having to travel or leave their homes, to maintain social contact with friends and family who may not live nearby, and to continue to feel and to be a part of the communities in which they live. The RemoDem service package will be developed to provide optimal levels of care and support and evaluated through transnational processes building on evidence-based knowledge and local praxis experiences. 

Two assumptions underpin the added value of the service package to be developed in this project: first, that an integrated service package with modules of support which work well for people with dementia can be transferred and adapted to suit other less challenging groups of older care receivers in remote and rural areas; and second, that the modules of integrated care for people with dementia in the RemoDem service package can be transferred and adapted to the different local contexts of the regions of the Northern Periphery.

Specific objectives

  1. Model needs for personalized support for people with dementia through transitions from living independently to being supported to manage everyday life and later to fully managed living.
  2. Develop an integrated service package with modules of support which provide support services for people with dementia in remote areas that can be adjusted to the different national conditions. The service package and modules will build on state-of-the-art knowledge of dementia care and existing national guidelines.
  3. Adapt existing ICT solutions for use in these modules of care, developing approaches for adjusting the service package to local contexts in different geographical areas.
  4. Evaluate implementation of the RemoDem service package and modules of support in terms of: impacts on users and their families; health, economic, financial, and organizational impacts on care providing organisations; and gains for local communities.
  5. Prepare deployment of the tested RemoDem integrated services package and modules of support to other targeted areas in the Northern Periphery, including Greenland, Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Sweden.
  6. Disseminate experiences from the project in relevant forums throughout the project lifetime.
  7. Support networks between local, regional and transnational actors in dementia support

Published: 22/02/2013

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