Digital technology helping people living with dementia in Darlington

July 2022 · 2 min read

Thank you to Darlington Borough Council for their kind sensory equipment grants of £14,000 to help with new technology to improve the lives of people living with dementia at our extra care service in Darlington.

These grants will enable us to invest in two reminiscence interactive therapy activity units, or RITA as they are known. RITA is an all-in-one touch screen unit that enables people to recall and share events from their past through listening to music, watching news reports of significant historical events, listening to war-time speeches, playing games and karaoke and watching films.

The technology helps carers and family members to communicate more effectively with their loved ones and can help improve mood, memory and general wellbeing. There is also the opportunity to personalise the unit for each resident.


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Rebecca Liddle, the Registered Manager, said: "This is brilliant news which will make a positive difference in the lives of our residents. We are always exploring new and innovative ways to improve services and we are really grateful to Darlington Borough Council for this support".

Making Space provides support to over 130 residents at Darlington Extra Care. The service is for adults who do not need, or want, to move into long-term care, but require care and support from a trained care team.



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