Corrina Helmer, project manager, (left) and Alice Ip, program coordinator, rubbed shoulders with leading researchers in Berlin.

VGH iPad research team wows in Berlin

The VGH iPad research team is wowing leading researchers from around the world. Members of the research team attended the 27th Alzheimer Europe Conference in Berlin, Germany on October 2 to 4, where they shared the latest on their use of iPads and family videos to calm patients with dementia.

Corrina Helmer, project manager, and Alice Ip, program coordinator, presented the VCH Research Institute (VCHRI) research challenge project – Using an iPad with Patients affected by Dementia – at the international conference.

“We were pleased to receive so much interest and positive acknowledgements in our work,” says Corrina.

Designed for patients with dementia in the Older Adult Tertiary Mental Health Unit in Willow Pavilion, the study explores whether iPads with pre-recorded family videos can transform care into less stressful experiences for patients affected by dementia and the staff who care for them.

Learning and sharing with each other

Gentle Persuasive Approach Poster

The team also presented two posters by Lillian Hung, clinical nurse specialist, Tertiary Mental Health:

  • Gentle Persuasive Approach Poster
  • Involving Patients in Research

“The experience has been inspiring and energizing,” adds Alice.

Corrina and Alice will share what they learned in Berlin about the newest research studies with their Willow colleagues soon. The VGH iPad research team is grateful for the support of the VCHRI to conduct their study. Conference travel was partially supported by an award from the Safety Den 2017 at BC Care Providers Association.

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