The Dementia Isolation Toolkit Technology (DIT-Tech) project was created to support recreation and social connection for residents of long-term care homes (LTCH) who are isolated. With the DIT-Tech cookbook, caregivers can set up a tablet they can control remotely to connect to residents.

We have developed DIT-Tech to support two main goals:


Allowing families and friends to connect directly with the resident in their room without the need to schedule virtual visits.


An illustration of a patient having a video call with family members through a tablet device.


Allowing family members to remotely deliver activities and stimulation remotely.


a) Remote

An illustration of a tablet screen showing a family member speaking to the patient through the tablet. The family member asks "would you like to watch a movie?"


b) Independent

An illustration of a person using a tablet to play a game of sudoku.


How it works

DIT-Tech is actually very simple. The resident has a tablet with specific applications installed. Family members use a home computer, tablet or phone to connect with their relative in LTCH.

This “cookbook” is for families who want to set up a tablet for their relatives in LTCH. You will find the “ingredients” you need and simple instructions to set up the DIT-Tech.

An illustration of hands holding a tablet device that is showing a music playlist on the screen.

What is DIT-Tech?

DIT-Tech enables family members and friends to communicate with long term care residents through any web connected device (desktop computer or phone/tablet). It is possible to control, access, and communicate with the resident tablet. Family members can also initiate two way-video calls via Skype to engage and communicate with residents.

DIT-Tech tablets have been tested using a number of commercially available applications for two-way communication, entertainment, and various games that have been evaluated on the AcToDementia website for residents with a wide range of cognitive impairments. All apps recommended for DIT-Tech can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store

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Recommended apps include: TeamViewer, Skype, Google: Find My Device, AcTo Games, YouTube, Spotify, and Google Translate.