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Become Canadian leaders in dementia care

Create dementia villages with services, amenities and environments that provide an alternative to hospitalization or institutionalization and provides full scope of support and care for all vulnerable dementia patients and their families. Nobody should suffer from dementia without the benefit of a caring community. Calgary can become a leader in giving people with dementia the dignity they deserve.

What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

"-More efficient care provided by health care workers who have access to health related data about the residents (see next section)
-Reduced incidences of residents languishing in hospitals if their 'homes' are in these villages
-Better quality of life for residents (dementia patients) living in the village communities (there are measures in health care for Quality of Life)
-Reduced health care costs in the long term

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How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

"Connected technology within this advanced dementia healthcare setting could dramatically affect the healthcare providers' ability to provide accurate, efficient care to residents, and quick accurate information about the resident to their families. For example - assuming privacy issues are accounted for - if nursing staff each had a hand held device with resident specific information, it would make caring for them more seamless. They could always be aware of the whereabouts of each resident in the village; be notified immediately if a patient falls without the resident having to call for help; be notified when it is time to give medication and exact dosages; schedule health services such as bathing, hair dressing, dental care etc. so into one schedule. Family members would have access to the same information which would provide peace of mind to be able to follow and track the patient's daily activities from a distance; providing reassurance that they are eating, interacting, taking medication, etc.

Architects and health care providers have been successful at designing spaces and modified care plans that are suitable for people living with dementia in a community setting. This has been done and does work. See Hogewey in Holland. Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwiOBlyWpko"

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