Scent sprays to trigger appetite and wristband alarms are among key innovative designs which have been unveiled to help people with dementia.
Mains-powered plugs would emit fragrances three times a day to spark hunger while Buddiband bracelets would alert an emergency centre if wearers suffered a fall.
Research is also being carried out into the possibility of training “dementia dogs” that could help support people with the illness with medication and hydration by learning their normal behaviour patterns.
New online groups to ease the care burden and help carers find flexible work are also being looked at.
The prototypes, created under a competition staged by the Department of Health and the Design Council, were revealed as the first meeting of the Dementia Friendly Communities Champion Group, which will help pioneer the government’s plans announced earlier this year to create areas more responsive to the needs of people with the illness, was staged.
Care services minister Paul Burstow, who unveiled the designs, said: “Fear of dementia can leave people feeling powerless and trapped, leaving them isolated and unsupported. That is why we have worked with the Design Council to drive innovation in dementia care.
“The five winning ideas have the potential to make a big difference for people with dementia and their families.”