The Reminiscence Session

ReMe’s Session Player presents a sequence of bespoke content for exploration. It can be used one to one with a carer or in a group with up to 8 users taking part in a session coordinated by a formal carer.

Sessions can be run on any Internet-enabled computer, tablet, smartphone or TV. The system automatically finds material online to display. When content triggers a response, verbal or non verbal, pressing ‘Pause’ starts a process…  You talk. You listen. You learn.

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Then, choose to follow pre-selected subjects or change direction prompted by any new response. The system securely stores the responses to content displayed for later review.

 

The Session Player activity is designed specifically to support the following:

  • Collaboration — two or more people “working together”. Ensuring the person with dementia is not cast into a passive role.
  • Play — an exercise in spontaneity and self-expression. Validation acknowledges the reality of a person’s emotions, feelings and experience. The intended outcome is for the person to feel more alive, more connected and more ‘real’.
  • Celebration — when the division between caregiver and cared-for comes close to vanishing completely, with both being taken into a similar mood, absorbed in a joyful moment.
  • Facilitation — enables doing what not normally able to do, assisting interaction and at a speed slow enough to allow meaning to develop.
  • Creation — the spontaneous response by the person with dementia from his or her stock of ability and social skill. This creative act is acknowledged and responded to without taking over control.

Descriptions of interactions are taken from Tom Kitwood’s 1997 book Dementia Reconsidered: The person comes first.

 

ReMe features functionality to support the discovery of images & music and record engagement, as follows;

Session Review

A simple session review process allows team members or family, at a time that suits them, to securely revisit content that led to a response. They can request validation from colleagues or family members who may be able to fill in gaps in knowledge or interpret new information that’s come to light. They receive a brief email displaying the content that triggered the response and a single specific question. This updates selected members of the Care Circle with care activities undertaken and offers a means to choose to become involved remotely in a manageable and undaunting way.

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Group Activity & Entertainment

When a session is created with more than one participant ReMe highlights common areas within all the users’ profiles. Creating a session with some of these shared topics ensures themes are explored which have relevance to many participants. Common experiences can be discussed, other similarities become apparent through conversation and bonds are created.

RemindMeCare is fun for anyone. And for many people with dementia, with their particularly strong social needs, ReMe group activity can assist in generating relaxation.

Change Direction

During a reminiscence session when a person wants to discuss a new topic, the user or carer can easily change direction and view fresh subject matter. This provides the flexibility to immediately illustrate any topic and enables a response to a person’s creativity and ensures instant engagement with validation of their contribution.

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Explore Music

ReMe finds music from any artist or genre that the user has defined as being important to them. Presented alongside personal content or as part of a music-only session, this form of entertainment is a key part of the ReMe activity.

ReMe allows the user to explore their musical preferences and create of multiple play lists. These can be ranked in their ability to generate positive response, and can include film music, favourite classical pieces, pop, videos, etc.

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Photo Albums

These can be created around specific content and played to suit the mood. Family, favourite sports and sporting event photos and videos, their job, film stars. Multiple albums can be created remotely by the family for use in the care process or simply for shared engagement and reminiscence. Each photo or video can be spoken over to record a verbal description, that will be automatically played when the content is viewed.

Favourite Media

Radio show, TV shows, film clips, can be collated into playlists to offer easy access to favourite media content to which the person is known to be responsive.

 

Patients simply enjoy talking about their past…the unique profile created by ReMe makes the system a lot stronger than the other computer based systems that I have had experience with.

Prof. Stephane Duckett, clinical psychologist at the Royal Free Hospital