Creativity to Design and Support Care for People with Dementia

Can we design creativity tools to support residential care staff?

On the 31st January 2012 – Professor Neil Maiden gave a talk on the mobile apps we have developed as part of the MIRROR project. His slides have been made available here (through Slideshare).

Creativity techniques and software support tools have the potential to be applied successfully to a wide range of problems. In the EU-funded FP7 MIRROR project we are working with the UK Registered Nursing Home Association to apply creativity to the design and delivery of new tools to improve the care for people with dementia. Our focus has been to support the care staff in residential homes.

Neil talked about two uses of creativity in this domain. The first was the use of creativity techniques such as improvisation and role play to engage and empower care staff in the design of new mobile technologies and apps that can improve their care of residents. The second was the design and implementation of a new mobile app intended to support care staff to think creatively to overcome challenging situations. Care staff can use the app to generate more novel, person-centred resolutions to these situations based on different creativity techniques that it supports. Neil also described how this creativity support app can be used along side other tools also under development, such as a life history app and digital rummage box running on portable tablets.

We’re interested in hearing from anyone working with similar solutions or with technology & care. Do get in touch.

Author: Kristine Pitts

 

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Everyday Innovation Networking Event

[tweetmeme]City University London and the Work Psychology Group recently completed a research project on ‘Everyday Innovation: How to enhance innovative working in employees and organisations’ This has been published by the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) in collaboration with the Charted Management Institute.

Organisations across the private, public and third sectors are increasingly recognising that innovation is crucial to their productivity and effectiveness, particularly in these tough economic times. Yet many organisations struggle to make innovation a practical day-to-day reality. This report offers several practical examples to show how to promote everyday innovative working at the employee, group, leader and organisational levels.

The findings and recommendations of the report were launched in December 2009 receiving wide interest from a range of organisations. As part of the ongoing wider dissemination, we are hosting an early evening networking event to showcase our findings in an informal setting. If you attended the December launch event, this is an ideal opportunity to follow up on the report since then. If you are yet to see the report, please come to the event to find out more.

Event format: There will be some brief presentations followed by plenty of time for discussion and networking with light refreshments available. We hope you can join us for what we expect to be an exciting and thought-provoking evening.

If you are unable to attend but are interested in this area or discussing the report further, please contact one of the authors at the following addresses Fiona Pattersonand Maura Kerrin

Registration: Reserve your place today