‘Experience’ was therefore the key word at the Dementia Deal meeting on 6 June.
The Dementia Deal is to ensure that eHealth becomes commonplace more rapidly in dementia care. It therefore focuses on meeting, inspiring, learning, creating, daring, decisiveness and, above all, providing customisation. These values were the theme for the creative programme of the ‘Dementia Deal With It!’ meeting at Podium Bloos in Breda. The organisers used films, theatre sport, TED talks and a moving dance recital to inspire the 250 participants to take new steps.
From profit to progress
What is required to achieve the desired acceleration? The TED talks by management coach Kees Klomp and transition expert Julie Arts provided concrete tools. “Entrepreneurs should dare to work on the basis of a business model that focuses on societal progress instead of profit. That is the future,” said Klomp. Arts invited everyone to use their inner drives and to (learn) to listen to one another properly without their own agenda. “Complex problems can only be solved together. By listening carefully we can find out what we truly need. Only then will things move forward.”
All the contributions to the programme underlined that ensuring local customisation is crucial to acceleration. Clients’ immediate environments should be leading if the uptake of eHealth is to actually increase. Video clips of the Van Buuren family on holiday learning to deal with dementia demonstrated the impact the affliction has on clients and their immediate social environment. Only when things can be openly discussed can the opportunities provided by eHealth for moving forward together be explored.
The role of (future) care professionals
Care professionals around clients also need to cast off their preconceptions about eHealth. Actors played recognisable scenes concerning this subject. Staff from the Summa College in Eindhoven explained how they integrate eHealth into the teaching programmes for future care professionals. Their students of ‘support for living at home longer’ are already at work in neighbourhoods.
Finally, the wider environment of people with dementia can help people to live independently for longer. An increasing number of municipalities in Brabant are therefore stimulating that environment such as shop owners and sports clubs are better prepared for the growing number of inhabitants with dementia in the neighbourhood. The dementia-friendly community.
The Brabant Dementia Deal is working on improved access to tried and tested products and services for smart care. This allows people with mild to medium severity dementia to safely, independently live at home in a comfortable manner and enables caregivers to combine their care tasks with their daily activities better.