SINGAPORE: Fearful about her husband, who was identified with dementia eight years in the past, Wong Lai Quen, 63, needed one thing to assist stimulate his thoughts when she was at work.
So she signed up for an account on a free cell app geared toward serving to dementia sufferers search out actions and programmes that might mentally stimulate them.
Named Cara, the app additionally has a security characteristic. If her husband, Steven Lau, 65, will get misplaced and forgets his approach house, anybody who comes throughout him can scan a QR code on his Cara membership card to alert Wong that he has been discovered.
Moreover an e-card, sufferers are issued a bodily card that they will show on their garments or belongings.
Caregivers hyperlink their very own Cara account to that of their cherished one with dementia.
The app was developed by Dementia Singapore in partnership with the Nationwide Council of Social Service (NCSS), the Company for Built-in Care (AIC) and tech firm Embreo.
Wong stated that her husband used to usually roam round their neighbourhood, patronising markets and his favorite espresso retailers.
However lately, he spends his days at house whereas she goes out to work.
To maintain him occupied, Wong seems up the app’s library for wellness programmes and actions that he can be a part of.
The record features a programme by CareLibrary that provides mind workout routines, video games and music engagement specifically to enhance or keep the cognitive wellness of somebody with dementia.
The app additionally recommends dementia-friendly locations in Singapore. Since signing up for the app in Might, Wong has taken Lau to Sentosa a number of occasions, visiting points of interest just like the Trick Eye Museum. They’ve additionally been to Gardens by the Bay.
Along with his Cara card, Lau will get into these points of interest without spending a dime, whereas Wong, as his caregiver, pays a reduced entrance price.
She stated: “Individuals with dementia actually need to get out of the home. They should socialise, meet different folks and work on actions, like the remainder of us.
“If they’re caught at house on a regular basis with out doing something, they will deteriorate very quick.”
Lau stated he’s completely happy to search out the assorted actions on the app.
“It actually encourages these with dementia to be bodily and mentally lively,” he added.
Since its mushy launch in April, the app has had 1,000 sign-ups. Dementia Singapore goals to triple the variety of members inside the subsequent six months. Membership is free however sufferers and caregivers should fill in a kind and wait to be verified earlier than they will benefit from the app’s choices.
The organisation’s chief govt, Jason Foo, stated Cara represents its dedication to delivering modern care options to the dementia neighborhood.
He added: “What units Cara other than any dementia membership programmes on the earth is the utilisation of expertise to facilitate the secure return of an individual residing with dementia swiftly again to his or her household when issues go flawed.” – The Straits Instances (Singapore)/Asia Information Community