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First Technology Charter for people with dementia in Scotland launched

Wednesday 9 December 2015

The first ever Technology Charter for people living with dementia in Scotland was launched today at the Scottish Digital Health Conference in Glasgow by noted Scottish journalist, Sally Magnusson.

You can download the Technology Charter here.

You can download our Technology and dementia leaflet here.

The Technology Charter is a call to action, calling for the delivery of health and social care to people with dementia to incorporate and promote the use of technology; helping people with the condition to live healthier, safer, more active and more confident lives as valued citizens. It also seeks to raise public and professional awareness of how technology can enhance lives, promote independent living and assist and complement care and support. To find out more, email [email protected]

The work was funded by the Technology Enabled Care fund, and was written in collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Tunstall and Tynetec.

Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, said: “I welcome the launch of the Technology Charter. Innovative uses of technology can greatly help people who are living with dementia and those who love and care for them. It can help people to live more safely and with a greater sense of independence.”

You can view a webcast of the day's proceedings via the link below. You will be prompted to register to Video3 to watch the webcast – but it is very straightforward.  Joyce Gray, our Deputy Director for Development, appears in both the morning and afternoon sections: in the morning at around 43 minutes and in the afternoon around 2 minutes in. 

The Technology Charter has six key values:

  • Practice and service provision is rights based, personalised and free from discrimination.
  • Unpaid carers and families are recognised and valued as equal partners in care.
  • Information and advice about technology is available in clear everyday language and in a variety of formats.
  • Routes and access to technology are ethical, equitable, simple, understandable and user-friendly.
  • Consideration of technology is embedded at all key points in the integrated dementia care pathway.
  • Technology augments - but does not replace - human intervention.
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