The first ever Technology Charter for people living with dementia in Scotland has been launched at the Scottish Digital Health Conference in the Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow. It was launched by noted Scottish journalist, broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson.
Sally cared with her two sisters for their mother Mamie during many years of living with dementia.
- Dementia affects 90,000 people in Scotland.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the main form of dementia. The second most common is vascular dementia. As yet there is no cure.
The Technology Charter is a call to action, calling for the delivery of health and social care to people with dementia to incorporate and promote the use of technology; helping people with the condition to live healthier, safer, more active and more confident lives as valued citizens. It also seeks to raise public and professional awareness of how technology can enhance lives, promote independent living and assist and complement care and support.
You can download the Charter here
The Technology Charter has five key values:
- Practice and service provision is rights based, personalised and free from discrimination.
- Unpaid carers and families are recognised and valued as equal partners in care.
- Information and advice about technology is available in clear everyday language and in a variety of formats.
- Routes and access to technology are ethical, equitable, simple, understandable and user-friendly.
- Consideration of technology is embedded at all key points in the integrated dementia care pathway.
- Technology augments – but does not replace – human intervention.
The work was funded by the Technology Enabled Care fund, and was written in collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Tunstall and Tynetec.