We had some fantastic news yesterday, when we were told that we had won a European award for the work we're doing to help people living with dementia.
Our 'My House of Memories' digital app was one of three European projects to be shortlisted for the Innovate Dementia Award, which was announced yesterday at the World Health and Design Forum in Eindhoven.
We are so proud of the app, because it's been a real team effort as we've worked with people living with dementia and their carers to co-produce it. Thanks must go to Innovate Dementia and members of their Regional Stakeholder Platform, Mersey Care NHS Trust, Liverpool John Moores University and members of the Mossley Hill Hospital Memory Group, for their support.
Dementia is a universal issue. Something that touches all walks of life. With diagnosis expected to double in the next 30 years, we will all be affected by dementia.
Along with our House of Memories dementia training programme, we have been striving to create a piece of digital technology that people can use in their own homes and care settings. The success of the app shows that museum resources can be used effectively to help enrich and improve the lives of those living with dementia, their families and carers.
The app is about connecting people and enabling families and carers to continue building relationships with people who are living with dementia. Using a simple format to stimulate memory, it allows people to browse social history objects from the Museum of Liverpool’s collection to prompt reminiscence, which can instigate conversation, special moments and shared memories between parents, sons and daughters, carers and their clients.
The app’s content themes are wide ranging and designed to be intuitive, allowing users to follow a memory path of their choice. The objects featured are brought to life with multimedia, and app-users can save objects to their own memory trees, memory boxes or memory timelines. Carers can also create personal profiles for the different people they support.
Since it was launched at the House of Commons in June earlier this year, the app has already been downloaded more than 1,400 times and we have aspirations to develop it further, adapting the content for different locations around the country, using objects from museum collections beyond National Museums Liverpool.
Find out how you can download the 'My House of Memories' app on ITunes and Google Play.
It has been funded by the Mi (More Independent) Partnership, which aims to help people live more independently through the use of technology.