Latest News from Innovations in Dementia

Latest News from Innovations in Dementia

Report on our work with the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC)

For the last 3 years we have partnered with the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) in a series of consumer testing projects around the UK.

 

A fruitful collaboration; summary of a 3 year collaboration between Innovations in Dementia and the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC)

 

For the last 3 years we have partnered with the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) in a series of consumer testing projects around the UK.

Over that time groups in the DEEP network were invited to think about local services, products or organisations that might want to become more accessible to consumers with a dementia.

 

A full report of each of the projects carried out across the country is available on a dedicated page on the RiDC website http://www.ridc.org.uk/content/dementia-research/ but here’s a flavour of several of the local projects.

  • DEEP group members in Rochester did some mystery shopping at the Huguenot museum in Kent, advising on clarity of audio and visual information.
  • We went to the Bingo in York (advising on pace of games, orientation and language) and the Royal Shakespeare company in Stratford, advising on signage, performance and facilities.
  • We tested out taxis in Camden, (making recommendations on awareness and identification), the ‘Next Stop Announcement’ system on the buses in Leeds (informing on the design and display of information) and tested out the accessibility in a major bus centre and rail complex in Belfast, advising on signage, information and ticket purchases.
  • And we threw ourselves into testing the process and accessibility of obtaining financial lasting powers of attorney in West Berkshire, recommending training and calling for a less stigmatised approach to the process.

As well as providing key recommendations for those organisations tested, DEEP members found the experience very positive and it gave great confidence for groups to offer further work locally, which they continue to do.

 

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iD Response to Enquiry into Dementia and Disability

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia is currently consulting on ‘dementia and disability’. iD have submitted our response which you can find here.

We encourage everyone to send their own response, however short – the deadline is 20 July and the link is here https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-us/policy-and-influencing/appg-call-evidence

Innovations in Dementia Response – Click here to view the pdf.

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IDEAL Masterclass on involving people in research

In this video Rachael and Keith discuss involving people with dementia and carers in research

In this masterclass, Rachael Litherland from Innovations in Dementia is joined by Keith Oliver, a member of the IDEAL study public and patient involvement (PPI) group ALWAYs, Dr Catherine Quinn from the University of Exeter and Dr Alex Hillman from Cardiff University to discuss PPI in research. They reflect on the value of PPI in research from the perspective of both advisory group members and the researcher. The masterclass contains recommendations for good practice when planning or using PPI in research.

To see the video – click here:

www.idealproject.org.uk/mclass/

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Brain Waves

Innovations in Dementia monthly newsletter. April 2018.

In this newsletter:

Where has Brain Waves been?

What have we been doing?

What will happen with news from now on?

Click here for a pdf of the newsletter.

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