Pilot

The Home4Dem platform will be tested by “real users” in a “real life” setting. The objective of the project is to pilot the platform in four European countries: Ancona (IT), Egerkingen (CH), Trelleborg (SWE) and Oslo (NO). In each country, a partner has the overall responsibility for screening and recruiting users: I.N.R.C.A. in Italy, KARDE in Norway, Trelleborg Commune in Sweden and iHOMELAB in Switzerland.

The trial will last 12months. Up to 30 dyads of people with dementia, and their primary informal caregivers, will be enrolled in each country.

Potential participants will be screened among clients of local home care services. A user-centered paradigm will be employed to actively involve test users. The user’s characteristics will have an important role because variables such as gender, income, education and health are fundamental predictors for the use of new technology. People with dementia should have a diagnosis from a medical doctor (either a GP or a specialist), while the primary informal caregivers can be either a relative or a friend/neighbour. The tested platform will be installed in the household of the subject and the users will be trained to use the system.

Since the platform also will be tested in integration with professional carers in Norway and Sweden, according to Use Case Model B, professional caregivers will receive specific training in order to ensure the integration of the new technologies in their daily work routine. A “train the trainer” program will be developed.