Research has proven that good design enables people with dementia, and age-related impairments, to enjoy a greater quality of life and remain independent for longer. Technology is increasingly being seen as a tool to help people living with dementia; Iridis is one technology supporting people to do just that. Iridis represents a revolution in the implementation of research based dementia design principles in homes, workplaces, care facilities and public buildings.
Iridis provides guidance to the dementia design principles at the touch of a button, making evidence based guidance accessible to the general public as well as professionals. It provides people with dementia and their carers and families with the information they need to make changes to improve quality of life and increase independence. Iridis may, in turn, help enhance home and hospital environments for people with dementia – improving patient outcomes and reducing strain on health services.
Iridis also creates a new channel of communication between researchers, designers and the end user, harnessing the opportunity to collect data and continually update the app to improve results for future users. This methodology offers a completely new focus in the promotion of positive living for people with dementia.