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Innovation Project Selection (Autumn 2019)

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519 Votes
90 Comments
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We want to tackle the biggest challenges facing people with dementia as well as their families and carers. But what barriers do people face?

We used suggestions and votes from hundreds of people who joined the innovation hub to decide what challenge our Innovation Team will tackle next.

In total, 34 challenges were posted and 8 made it through to the final round of voting. Voting revealed three clear front runners:
• Dressing: Clothing that promotes autonomy and self-esteem (and that looks good)
• Resource for supporting end of life conversations
• Staying dry – continence and dementia

The Innovation Team spent time looking into each of the three subject areas, and found that there are currently significant developments and research underway addressing ‘resources for supporting end of life conversations’ and ‘clothing that promotes autonomy for people with dementia.’
Having considered this, along with additional criteria such as how big an impact a new innovation in each area would make for people affected by dementia, the Innovation team have cast their votes and we are excited to be taking forward the challenge of:
‘Staying dry – continence and dementia’

The Innovation team are committed to ensuring the project is firmly rooted in people's experiences. If you would like to share your story, please email innovation@alzheimers.org.uk

We will look to pass on the enthusiasm expressed and comments for the other challenges to teams looking at these subject areas, and we will ensure that top ideas not picked this time are in the mix for the next Project Selection Challenge.

A huge thank you to everyone for taking the opportunity to get involved in our work, and we look forward to keeping you up to date with our progress.

 

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Staying dry – continence and dementia

I know that a lot of people with more advanced dementia struggle with continence. This is an issue that affects people’s dignity, is a barrier to living well with dementia. It can present both problems for carers, families and friends and health problems if people who are incontinent continually need to clean themselves up. Talking Point has a lot of examples of this and it clearly takes a toll on everyone involved. If this a solution could be found for this I think it would be a huge step...

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