New app aims to help dementia sufferers express their pain – Ten Network Online

Dementia patients and those with limited communication may soon be able to better express their pain, thanks to a revolutionary new app that harnesses advanced facial recognition technology.

At least 50 percent of people suffering dementia also have chronic problems that will induce pain – recognising that pain, and then finding appropriate treatment, is of constant concern for carers.

The PainChek™ app hopes to make that process easier.

Philip Daffas was a key contributor to the project – he worked at a care home for over a decade. He saw an increase in the use of sedatives to calm people’s behaviour, “yet little change in their pain management.”

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