Using smart technology in an enabling way: a review of using technology to support daily life for a tenant with moderate dementia

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Enabling smart technology uses a system of pre-recorded prompts or messages to support people with dementia to live independently. The aim is to use an integrated messaging system to support an individual's independence. Bath Institute of Medical Engineering evaluated this technology over a 12-month period in a Housing 21, very sheltered housing, flat with a single tenant who had moderate dementia.

This practice experience has highlighted the importance of a therapeutic approach to ensure that the use of technology is optimised for the benefit of vulnerable adults and their families.


Document Type: Regular Paper


Publication date: May 1, 2011

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

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    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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