Finalist category: Finalist, Youth Award 2014
Following the diagnosis and sad passing of his Gran, Adam Pool and his mother Jackie formed Dementia Pal; a web-based information and resource centre for families, helping them to support a relative with dementia. Recognised by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence), their web-based tool, MyPAL, can not only be used by families at home, it also enables them to inform professional carers about their loved ones abilities and needs, should they need hospital or care services. Adam says, “our aim is to help other families to have the knowledge about how to support their relative and MyPAL does that by empowering people with dementia and their family to take control of their own needs”.
Adam has translated the paper-based PAL Instrument, originally developed by his mother Jackie and now a world-wide industry standard for professionals, into a cutting edge digital tool for families. To do so, he has written code in multiple languages as well as collaborating with developers across the globe to ensure that the end result conforms with modern web design standards and is simple and easy to use for all users. On top of that, Adam has also created the branding and logo for the company and will be leading the digital marketing of the tool.