Local dementia research projects
Design of remote controls, Manchester
We held a workshop with the Fabulous Forgetful Friends group in Manchester to explore the needs of people with dementia when using television remote controls. We looked at what works and what does not, and considered future trends in remote controls and usability. The group also designed two easy-to-use devices.
Design of assistance cards, Camden, London
Working with the Great Camden Minds DEEP group, the aim was to investigate the positive and negative opinions that people with dementia have about the design and use of assistance cards and to propose their own design to meet their needs.
Accessible transport, Belfast
Our research in partnership with iD, Dementia NI and Translink in April 2018 was to gain feedback on how accessible public transportation facilities are for people with dementia. It found that improvements can be made in the provision of information, especially with signage, wayfinding and ticket sales.
Financial lasting power of attorney, West Berkshire DEEP
The experiences of people with dementia and their partners of the process of obtaining a financial lasting power of attorney are the subject of our latest local research project working alongside people with dementia. We looked at how and when to get a financial LPA as well as what to do if you think it's being misused. Our research shows that although getting an LPA may look complicated, it's as important to do while you can as making your will is.
The research took place with West Berkshire DEEP and with Irwin Mitchell, a firm of lawyers. It was carried out in July 2017.
Using taxis and minicabs, Camden, London
Our fifth local research project working alongside people with dementia took place in the London Borough of Camden. In partnership with the Camden Minds DEEP group, we carried out research with four people to find out how sensitive minicab and taxi services were to the needs of people living with dementia. The investigation was in March 2017.
People with dementia visit Mecca Bingo in York
Our fourth local research project was a visit to Mecca Bingo in York. Members of the local DEEP group, York Minds and Voices, assessed the experience of an outing to a bingo hall and made recommendations on how such venues can best accommodate people living with dementia. The research was carried out in February 2017.
The Royal Shakespeare Company: dementia-friendly performances
Our third local research project took the form of a visit to a relaxed performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, by eight members of the Redditch DEEP group ‘Friends Together’ and five of their friends and partners. The Royal Shakespeare Company has been providing performances for audiences with different access needs for many years, including (since 2013) ‘relaxed’ performances aimed at children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. The visit took place in August 2016.
Leeds Citybus's NextStop Announcement - good for people with dementia?
Our second local project involved people living with dementia finding out how much the NextStop Announcement system installed on Leeds Citybus vehicles could improve their journeys. Members of a local Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) group called Face It Together worked with Rica on the research project, which was carried out in January 2016.
Mystery Shop of the Rochester Huguenot Museum
Our first local project was with members of the Kent-based Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) group Memorybilia who visited the Huguenot Museum in Rochester ‘anonymously’ in October 2015.
Page last updated: August 2018