Memory Maid is an application designed to be used on a tablet device. Its aim is to allow elderly people experiencing memory loss to continue living in the comfort of their own home. It also allows those who are caring for them to live their lives with less worry. Its synchronisation allows the elderly person to receive important health and safety reminders, inputted by their loved one. It aims to help elderly people experiencing memory loss to take their medications on time, lock their doors at night, make medical appointments or friendly meetings on time, and much more.
According to the 2011 Census, there are 179,775 people in Ireland caring for a family member. A third of these carers also work full-time jobs. Caring can often feel like a full-time job. Memory Maid aims to take some of the weight off the shoulders of these carers. Memory Maid allows anyone, may it be a family member, neighbour or close friend, to care for an elderly person experiencing memory loss, through the form of an application. It means that the elderly person can retain a level of independence by continuing to live in their own home comfortably and safely. It avoids that person having to move in with a family member or to a care home. The individual that is caring for the elderly person can input information such as: birthday reminders, meal plans, medication reminders, reminders to lock all doors at night and general to-do reminders. This information will pop up on the elderly person’s tablet device, reminding them to do the previously mentioned tasks. Find out more about the research and development of Memory Maid at: https://memorymaid.wixsite.com/mysite
This project resulted in countless learning experiences; for both the content and the technological design. Research for this project resulted in acquiring new language to describe memory loss, for example, “experiencing” memory loss. Research also concluded that there is a vast amount of assistive technology, however, very little for those experiencing memory loss. There are single-use applications, such as medication reminders and to-do lists, but there appear to be very few applications incorporating a variety of features. Lastly, research concluded that living in one’s own home, with the right support is the best option for an individual experiencing memory loss.