Memory Enabling Technology
ReMind Memory Suite AKA ReMindMe for iOS / Android, apps designed to help people to live well with dementia and support carers; now being embraced by other cohorts.
The app is completely customisable and can be edited by the end user, carer or healthcare professional. The key features are alerts, alarms, reminders and reminiscence activities.
The app can be used to support service users, carers, and to help coordinate care.
ReMind was trialed in 2015 and versions are available targeting Learning Disability populations, people with Acquired Brain Injury, young people with ADHD, and for people with general memory problems. Please contact Citrus Suite for further information. Email Citrus ReMind@CitrusSuite.com
ReMind Core App: iOS / Android tablet & phone apps for use by the person living with memory problems and carers.
Alerts can be set locally (on the device) or remotely by carer / care organisation.
Works as a standalone app or links into the Care app (see below). Smartphone or tablet version available. (Phone version useful if user would like reminders when away from the home.)
ReMind Care App: iOS / Android. A version designed specifically for carers. Alerts / reminders can be added remotely and sent to the end user. Carers can track whether the user / or users are interacting with their version of the app.
Primary user: person in the early stages of dementia. Can be used independently or with assistance from carers/support staff.
Secondary user: relative (or friend / carer) of person living with early dementia. Can use the app to support their own care tasks or set up device for person living with dementia.
Professional user: person in the professional care services, health service, mental health services, housing provider, etc. Notifications can be sent to independent users or assisted users living in their own home.
Primary user: to support remembering tasks, appointments and accessing services and events
Secondary user: to support caring – setting alerts for person with memory problems, checking that they are aware of upcoming appointments, household tasks, etc.
Professional user: tracking user engagement, providing information about support services, alerts about events / services for users based in their own home.
Background: In 2014 Citrus Suite combined with Innovate Dementia (Mersey Care NHS Trust & Liverpool John Moores University), to explore how a team from varied backgrounds could work together to design a new assisted living technology.
The project team, made up of app developers, clinicians, service users, and researchers, identified the need and features of the app. The start of a successful mission to “develop memory enabling technology which positively integrates into the lives of those living with dementia, is empowering and is specifically designed for a person with dementia (1st person), and has great benefits to carers.”
Co-creation sessions were followed by iterative versions of the app, each being tweaked and refined based on end-user feedback.
Trials followed through 2015, with Mersey Care, Liverpool SURF Group and East Cheshire Council.
Along this journey ReMind won an innovation award from the Digital Maze (supported by Riverside Housing, Liverpool CCG and Knowledge Transfer Network), was showcased in Europe and was featured on BBC radio.
Support from Waves of Hope, NWC AHSN, Chinese Wellbeing and Liverpool City region iNnovation Network (iN) has allowed Citrus to focus customised versions for YMCA service users and members of Liverpool’s Chinese community with an eye on social care deployments and export opportunities to China.
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