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Dementia Apps Library

A new digital service offering support for people living with dementia and their carers - apps4dementia library, hosts a selection of safe and trusted mobile apps which provide people affected by dementia and their carers with information and guidance on the condition, advice on self-care and how to carry on with their day-to-day activities for as long as possible. Developed in conjunction with app evaluator, ORCHA, the site offers a range of applications which have been independently checked and reviewed for data privacy, clinical assurance and user experience. Users will find the 10 best rated apps that provide guidance and information to help with sleep, communication, keeping minds active, and reminders as well as apps that support carers to care for their loved ones. The library has been developed alongside people living with dementia and their carers, as well as health professionals, who have provided feedback on design and content. The initiative is part of the Dementia eHealth and Data Analytics Pathfinder Programme, which uses data and technology to inform better services, support people with dementia and help plan for the future
Geographical scope: 
Regional level
Region involved:
Countries involved:
Organisation name: 
Health and Social Care Board
Organisation address: 
12-22 Linenhall St. Belfast BT2 8BS Northern Ireland ...
Kind of organisation: 
Regional public authorities
Time for deployment: 
Less than a year
Preparation of implementation: 
Prior to implementation we undertook a series of activities: • Survey with people affected by dementia and their carers on the awareness of dementia apps and their appetite for using apps • Roadshows with Alzheimer’s Society NI and Dementia NI to promote, raise awareness and assess need for...
Investment per citizen / service user / patient: 
No available calculation.
Cost calculation: 
Evidence of practice: 
No knowledge about evidence. No evaluation or documentation of effect has been carried out
Evidence creation: 
An evaluation approach is currently being developed with ORCHA. It will comprise of collating both quantitative measures (nos. of site visits, downloads, recommendations, etc…) as well as qualitative measures conducted through surveys and focus groups such as benefits and any improvement from using...
Maturity level: 
There is evidence that the practice is economically viable and brings benefits to the target group. Further research and development is needed in order to achieve market impact and for the practice to become routine use
Maturity level detalis: 
people affected by dementia and their carers. See following links: Usability of tablet computers by people with early-stage dementia. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23257664?dopt=Abstract Experiences of using a memory aid to structure and support daily activities in a small-scale...
Time of impact: 
Long term and sustainable impact – e.g. a long time after the pilot project ended and routine day-to-day operation began
Kind of impact: 
Better quality of life (societal)
Aspects time of impact: 
The drive towards more digital enabled care within healthcare systems around the world is changing the way healthcare is delivered. There are over 366,000 health & fitness related apps currently on App stores and 5m downloads per day so it is extremely difficult to deny the rising popularity of...
Transferability level: 
Transferability has not been considered. The innovative practice has been developed on local/regional/national level and transferability has not been considered in a systematic way
Transferability details: 
The development of a dementia apps library is part of a dementia ehealth pathfinder programme. The approach developed in commissioning the apps library can be applicable and transferable to other areas such as mental health, long term conditions etc.. as the challenges and difficulties in finding...
Type of Practice: 
Promising practice
Stakeholders concerned: 
Primary care centres
Specialised physicians
General practioners
Day care centres
Home care centres
Nursing homes
Informal caregivers
Small-sized industry
International/European public authorities
National public authorities , WHO
Regional public authorities
Local public authorities
Advocacy organisations patients/users
Advocacy organisations physicians
Advocacy organisations nurses
Advocacy organisations others
Reach of initiative: 
250 - 999
Age group: 
50 - 64
65 - 79
Baseline information: 
People diagnosed with dementia require support from health and social care services. This can take the form of trusted guidance and information about the condition, how to self-manage and self-care as well as to be supported to live independently for as long as possible in their own homes...
Source of funding: 
Regional funding