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New research shows free digital training supports quality of life in dementia

Quality of life for people with dementia living in residential and nursing home care substantially improved following a free digital training programme, according to new research.

The controlled trial, ‘Impact of the iWHELD Digital Person-Centered Care Program on Quality of Life, Agitation and Psychotropic Medications in People with Dementia Living in Nursing Homes during the COVID-19 Pandemic’, also found that free iWHELD digital training also led to a significant drop in sedative medication use.

iWHELD is a free online support programme for care homes supporting people with dementia, those with Covid and those taking psychiatric medications. It is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and includes live coaching sessions.   

Katie Ives, manager of Stonebow House care home in Worcestershire and iWHELD user, said: “We’ve always tailored our approach to residents, but now we offer a wider variety of activities and clubs to suit people’s interests in their lives, and we’re seeing some residents spend more time in communal areas and less time in their rooms as a result.”

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