Smarter Homes for the Future

The Smarter Homes for the Future Project in Stockton-on-Tees started in 2011, with funding from the Dementia Innovation Fund, to help support implementation of objective 6 of the National Dementia Strategy. A partnership project between Stockton Borough Council, TEWV NHS Foundation Trust and local home care agencies, it aims to improve outcomes for people with dementia living at home, and their carers, using the principles of dementia-friendly design (including assistive technology) to help people remain at home for longer. Early indications from the project's first phase show a positive impact on the clients and carers involved. The project is continuing for another year, with funding from NHS Stockton, with a view to developing a sustainable model for the future.