“Beautiful clothes, designed to make dressing easier”
Arthritis, stroke or general impacts of ageing can all make dressing a challenge. Lifting your arms above your shoulders to get clothes over your head, bending down to pull trousers or skirts up and fiddly fastenings can be particularly difficult.
The Able Label is a new innovative clothing company addressing such challenges. Founder Katie Ellis, previously a fashion buyer for popular high street retailer White Stuff, was inspired to create the collection having seen first-hand the difficulties her grandmother with Parkinson’s faced.
The ‘desirable and dress-able’ clothes use quality fabrics, discreet adaptive designs, innovative fastenings and colour-coordinated internals to make dressing quicker, easier and safer. Yet when they’re worn, no one would ever know they were adapted… it’s our secret!
Find out more – www.theablelabel.com
Canary is a discreet, easy to install monitoring and notification system that provides round the clock reassurance to family members whilst allowing the older or vulnerable person to stay in the home they love.
Canary respects the privacy of people who need care and support so does not use cameras so no-one can be seen or heard.
The Canary system does not require an internet connection where it is installed, and family members/carers log-in to their own website portal to view the information about their loved ones.
Find out more: www.canarycare.co.uk
RITA is a package of solutions aimed at disrupting the current delivery of health and social care for older adults, providing a personalised, interactive care system, controlled by the user. RITA (Responsive InTeractive Advocate) is a computer software-based advocacy and companion service that brings together three elements: a 3D virtual avatar and conversational agent; an ‘essence’ repository for storage and organisation of various forms of information pertaining to the user; and an empathetic communication system that is capable of understanding and responding to the psychological, social and emotional needs of the individual user.
Find out more – www.rita.me.uk
Equal Arts is a creative ageing charity providing creative opportunities for older people.
Working with a team of artists the charity runs a number of projects aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of those living with dementia and older people.
They also train care setting staff and artists about the benefits creative care can have for residents.
Equal Arts projects include:
Find out more – www.equalarts.org.uk
This guide book looks at ‘How to make a Sensory Room for people living with dementia’. Published online, it gives advice on how to set up multisensory spaces tailored towards the needs of people with dementia. It aims to be a tool for health care practitioners, care home staff and carers, enabling them to create sensory environments appropriate and suitable for care home residents and their families.
Find out more – www.kingston.ac.uk/sensoryroom
Remember-I’m-Me Care Charts ensure that hospital and care home staff have the information they need to provide dignified and person-centred care, also enabling the development of a relationship between staff and those they care for. Where a relationship exists, empathy can develop and where empathy exists, outcomes improve for the individual, staff and family.
There are now thousands of care home residents and increasing numbers of hospital patients benefiting from the idea behind that first wall chart, and Care Charts UK continues to develop products that are intended to aid communication between individuals and their carers.
Care Charts UK won the 2013 GB Care Awards SE region Innovation Award, was a National Finalist in 2014, and has been named as one of Nesta / The Observer’s New Radicals for 2014, one of 50 people or projects that are being celebrated for helping to change Britain for the better. It was also included in HSJ’s list of Innovators 2014.
Find out more – www.carechartsuk.co.uk/
The Definitive Guide To Healthy Living For Older People was developed by Bluebird Care, who have revolutionised the way care is delivered in Ireland by concentrating on high quality customer service, whilst at the same time upholding the very best in professional care service provision both in the home and in the community.
Bluebird Care believe there is no reason why you can’t remain sprightly and living a perfectly active and healthy lifestyle well into your golden years. The guide aims to increase wellbeing amongst older people. They believe by making a few simple adjustments to day to day living and following their definitive guide to healthy living for older people, you can ensure you remain active and healthy for decades to come.
Find out more – www.bluebirdcare.ie
Diabetes Sisters works across North America to support women with diabetes, mostly over 50. Users sign up and are paired with a similar person to support them on their journey of managing diabetes.
Using games to improve participation and learning in social schemes is well proven to improve uptake and retention. Ayogo have recently developed a game to help the matching process.
The Sister Match quilt game gets users to share stories as they sign up to the service in exchange for virtual rewards in the form of quilt blocks’. The information helps identify good matches with other players. And the faces of matches are also displayed as blocks in the virtual quilt, building up over time into a rich representation of activity and friendship.
People with asthma can use Asthmapolis to monitor when and where they use their inhalers. A sensor fits over the end of the inhaler, and sends data to a smartphone, where users can see maps and timelines showing when they needed to use it.
This can also be shared with their doctor or pooled anonymously with others to help big data analysts identify environmental hot-spots that trigger asthma – whether related to weather, pollen, or other environmental factors. Asthmapolis can also help with research: a trial in Hawaii is using it help evaluate the effects of volcanic fog by aligning results against air monitoring. Asthmapolis was approved by the FDA in the USA in July 2012.