New Midlothian hub aims to help those with dementia

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A pioneering new project has been set up in Midlothian to encourage people with dementia to look at how technology can help them in their daily lives.

Based at Midlothian Community Hospital, the AT Home Hub is a joint initiative by Midlothian Council and Volunteer Midlothian.

There are estimated to be 1400 people with dementia living in Midlothian with many more people involved in providing care and support for someone with the disease.

Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, there is the opportunity to see a range of telecare equipment such as personal alarms. People can also find out about a range of other technological support including websites and dementia friendly apps.

Eibhlin McHugh, Director of Health & Social Care, said: “Technology has an important role to play in supporting people with dementia but because of the age of many sufferers, they have not kept up with technological advances and may never even have used a computer, tablet or smart phone.

“Our new AT Home Hub is unique in Scotland. Its aim is that through technology people can enjoy better lives by being in touch with the outside world, including friends and family, and stay safer in their homes for longer. Technology can literally change the lives of people with dementia and their carers and this new service is part of Midlothian’s commitment to creating a dementia friendly community.”

For more information about visiting the hub, contact Stephanie Heasman, the AT Home Hub Co-ordinator, on 0131 660 1216, 07934 102 272 or by email stephanie@volunteermidlothian.org.uk