Hospital care services for people with younger onset dementia
Our Research Centre investigates and trials care services delivered by socially assistive robots in hospitals which support people with younger onset dementia. The term younger onset dementia (YOD) is used to describe dementia diagnosed in adults aged below 65 years. Currently, there are approximately 24,500 people in Australia with this diagnosis.
Being diagnosed with younger onset dementia has different implications for patients and their families, compared to those who have dementia at an older age. People with younger onset dementia are often physically fit, are in paid employment, and are financially and actively supporting a family. If they require placement in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs), these mainstream facilities are often not equipped to fully support people with younger onset dementia.
Our field trial will measure the robot's impact on the wellbeing of people with younger onset dementia and the acceptance of robots by the staff and carers.
The key benefits of our services are:
- real-time health data collection for telehealth & alertness
- reduced stress during hospital stay
- breaking technology barriers
- improved sensory enrichment
- positive emotional engagement
- anxiety assessment and intervention
- increased social connection
- augmentation of good memories
- multilingual services
- personalised services.
Our key services for hospital care include:
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