Frazer-Nash wins contract to develop dementia aid

Engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash has been awarded a contract to develop a novel device that will help to ensure patients suffering from dementia to stay hydrated, funded by the SBRI and the Regional Innovation Fund, via NHS South East Coast.

Dementia is a progressive condition that currently affects around 570,000 people in England alone, mostly in the over-65 age group, and suffers often become malnourished and dehydrated as they can forget to eat and drink.

Frazer-Nash proposed a number of potential solutions to this problem, with the key aim being to remind patients to drink regularly and also potentially to record the amount and frequency of water consumed throughout the day, with the option of notifying carers.

Two design concepts are now being taken forward to prototype and will be tested by the stakeholder group, including dementia patients, in order to gain user feedback to guide further design developments.