Supporting dementia with Connected Healthcare

Dementia Awareness WeekDavid McKinney, UK & Eire Managing Director at Tunstall Healthcare talks about the importance of dementia friendly week and how Tunstall supports the campaign.

This week marks Dementia Awareness Week – a week where dementia charities and organisations ask everyone to raise awareness of the condition, show understanding and kindness to people who have it, and improve dementia care.

The Alzheimer’s Society say that dementia is set to become […]

Raising awareness of technology solutions in the home

shutterstock_14460457David McKinney, Managing Director of Tunstall UK, reviews highlights about technology solutions in the news ahead of the general election.

It’s been a big month in terms of healthcare news, with a snap general election being called for the 8th June – it’s meant that issues such as social care, health and therefore technology in the home is being talked about more than usual as the industry works to get it […]

Telecare is looking good

img_9674Matthew Henfrey, Group Product Marketing Executive – Telecare at Tunstall Healthcare talks about our latest fall detector.

Having worked at Tunstall for almost five years, I’ve heard many fantastic stories about how telecare has changed, and in some cases, saved lives. Now in my new position as Product Marketing Exec it’s critical to collate and respond to feedback from people buying and using telecare.  Technical and aesthetic feedback such as the […]

The new York model

Heather BardenHeather Barden, Chief Executive of Be Independent in York describes how telecare and the social enterprise model is the perfect match.

City of York Council has supported its residents with telecare, response and community equipment for many years, but since April 2014 the service has operated as a social enterprise. This means we are a business with a social purpose (to support people living independently in their own homes for as […]

By |August 12th, 2015|Features, News|0 Comments

Becoming a dementia-friendly business


Penny Ellis, Telehealthcare Development Consultant at Tunstall, writes about why and how we are becoming a dementia-friendly business.

Here at Tunstall we have worked with Alzheimer’s Society, having supported them to write the Dementia-friendly technology charter, which was produced as part of the Dementia-friendly communities strand of the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia. The Dementia-friendly technology charter is about enabling every person with dementia to have the opportunity to benefit from technology appropriate to their needs.

Tunstall […]

The arts come to Tunstall – bringing colour and shade to the subject of dementia

Unlocking Dementia play

Ali Rogan, our External Affairs Director, reviews a week of local and national thinking and doing around dementia.

This week we have been very lucky at Tunstall. Doncaster Community Arts (Darts) gave two performances of their play Unlocking Dementia which has been devised by speaking with people living with dementia, family members, GPs and other professionals.

The performers took us through several scenarios covering many aspects of dementia. Ron who […]

By |February 24th, 2015|Features|0 Comments

What is the Herbert Protocol and why is it important?


PC Jim Sheard, Mental Health Coordinator at South Yorkshire Police, writes about the Herbert Protocol – a risk reduction tool for people living with dementia – and explains why more people need to know about it.

Reporting someone as ‘missing’ to the police can be a deeply distressing and stressful experience, particularly when the person for whom there are concerns is a loved one.

When this person is potentially vulnerable through a […]

By |February 23rd, 2015|Features|0 Comments

Unlocking Dementia

Lucy Robertshaw, Arts Development Manager at darts (Doncaster Community Arts) writes about Unlocking Dementia – a play about living well with dementia that will be coming to Tunstall HQ this February.

As a participatory arts company working in Doncaster for 25 years we are often approached by companies who want us to ‘translate’ complex issues to a local audience through the use of art forms such film, drama, music or visual arts. We have an excellent track record of employing creative techniques to […]

Brighton reflections – UK Dementia Congress

Alison Rogan

Alison Rogan, our External Affairs Director, writes about the UK Dementia Congress.

My eventful train journey to Brighton started off with a group of noisy young ladies from Eastern Europe drinking Lambrini and listening to loud music and the return journey was equally interesting with a large group of chattering Chinese students nearby.

Despite the noise, I reflected on the thousands of people affected by dementia and what I have […]

By |November 14th, 2014|Features|0 Comments

Dementia awareness is improving but what about the carers?

Alison Rogan

Ali Rogan, Chair of Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia-friendly technology task and finish group and External Affairs Director at Tunstall, reflects on the Carers Call to Action.

Recently, I spent an emotional day at the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) Carers Call to Action (CC2A) event. The theme was ‘how we can effectively support the needs and rights of families who are caring for a person living with dementia’. We heard from […]

By |October 20th, 2014|News|1 Comment