Former Tipp hurling star opens library for dementia sufferers

Brendan Cummins cuts the tape to open the new memory technology library watched  Dr Catriona Crowe and Occupational Therapists Cait Mackey and Simone McGoldrick.
Former Tipperary hurler Brendan Cummins officially launched the first assistive technology library in Ireland dedicated to people with dementia last week.

Former Tipperary hurler Brendan Cummins officially launched the first assistive technology library in Ireland dedicated to people with dementia last week.

This new innovative service showcases assistive technologies that make everyday living easier for people with dementia and their carers.

It is sited at the Memory Technology Library at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel.

Two-times All Ireland medal winner and the player with the record for the most senior championship appearances, Mr Cummins paid tribute to the new service and said he was certain it would provide huge assistance to dementia sufferers.

Also at the launch in the former St Michael’s Unit were representatives from the “Five Steps to Living Well with Dementia in South Tipperary” consortium, HSE senior management from South Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny and the Genio Trust.

The ‘Five Steps to Living Well with Dementia’ is a new and innovative Dementia project in South Tipperary that provides information, supports and services for every stage of the dementia journey and helps people with dementia to live full, enriched and happy lives at home and within their own communities for as long as possible

The assistive technology availabe in the library can be any device that makes it easier to do activities of daily living, maintains independence, help manage risks at home and reduce stress for carers.

The library has a large range of products such as one button radios, simplified telephones, memory prompters, automatic medication dispensers, orientation clocks, and much more!

The library was developed by Occupational Therapists Simone McGoldrick and Cait Mackey after recognising the general lack of awareness about assistive technologies and their potential to make life easier and safer for people with dementia .

The devices at the library can be viewed on the Memory Technology Library pages of the project website www.southtipperarydementia.ie