Resparke - A proven therapeutic dementia care and wellbeing technology

Our mission is to improve the wellbeing of seniors

Our story

By Alison Harrington, Founder & CEO

At Resparke, our mission is to improve the wellbeing of seniors worldwide and assist those who care for them by creating moments of joy and connection.
Alison Harrington, CEO & Founder

I had spent the majority of my career in technology but went back to study social impact over 8 years ago to explore new ways in which we could use technology to create impact.

 

While studying at UNSW, my father-in-law Arthur was diagnosed with dementia, and he quickly deteriorated and went into care. I witnessed first-hand both the change in his behaviours and the challenges for staff in managing him in care. At the same time, I experienced silent disco technology for the first time and simply loved the immersive and joyful experience it created. 

 

I realised that silent disco technology could be applied to this problem in an entirely new way. I knew exactly what music Arthur liked and the power of music and reminiscing for dementia. One day, I trialled it with Arthur as he sat slumped in a chair – he looked up, his eyes twinkled, and he came alive dancing to his favourite song Fly Me to the Moon with the staff. 

 

From that moment, I knew the challenge was how to not only solve for my father-in-law but all residents in care at scale. I had to find a way to make it easy for staff to offer not just any music but meaningful and personal experiences to all residents. A small initial pilot study proved the concept not only worked but was a much-needed and well-received solution for aged care staff. It also dramatically assisted carers in supporting seniors living with dementia – in a fun, engaging, and completely innovative way. It was a world first.

 

Since that moment, Resparke has continued to expand on the initial concept, growing our content platform exponentially in response to everything homes needed during the challenging years of the pandemic. We have now trained thousands of staff and supported hundreds of homes across Australia and NZ. We know from the many stories that most importantly, thousands of residents have experienced exactly the same moment I shared with my father-in-law over 8 years ago.

 

We also wouldn’t be anywhere without the wonderful community of residents and supportive staff in aged care homes across Australia – thank you for believing in us and using Resparke in so many creative ways! We look forward to supporting our customers to create many more magical moments of engagement and connection.

The sparke that started it all!

My father in law Arthur Walters dancing in a care home in 2018 when we first tried headphones. Thank you for showing me the importance of connecting with our loved ones through the universal language of music.

Our team

Alison Harrington, CEO & Founder

Alison Harrington

CEO & Founder

Philippa Silva Business Development Manager

Philippa Silva

Business Development Manager

Mike Pretlove, General Manager Operations and Customer Success

Mike Pretlove

General Manager Operations and Customer Success

Sabine Dowson

Sabine Dowson

Operations

Michele Roche Dementia & Program Manager

Michele Roche

Dementia & Program Manager

Belinda Kall

Belinda Kall

Aged Care Activator & Engagement Specialist

Trish Johnson Inventory & Equipment Manager

Trish Johnson

Customer Relations

Venessa Lual - Customer Success Officer

Venessa Lual

Customer Success Officer

Mattijs Spierings

Mattijs Spierings

Senior Developer

Renée Martin Product Lead

Renée Martin

Product Lead

Awards & accolades

Recognition we’ve received demonstrates our impact on aged care organisations and our dedication to innovation.

2023

Aged Care Research & Industry Innovation Australia
Awarded grant for dementia technology solution working with ACU and Twilight Aged Care.

Aged Care Research & Industry Innovation Australia
2022

Hunter New England Central Coast PHN
Receive PHN’s ‘Supporting Patients Through Technology’ Award.

PHN Network
2021
Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards
Innovation of the year finalist ‘Dementia Technology Solution’
Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards
2021

NSW Government

Innovation Districts Challenge Award

NSW Government Innovation Awards
2020
NSW Government

innovAGEING National Awards

InnovAGEING National Awards

Customers