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Missing Person’s Week: Telehealthcare solutions for seniors with dementia

Missing Person’s Week: Telehealthcare solutions for seniors with dementia

Using the latest in telehealthcare to keep seniors with dementia off the missing persons list is a key focus of leading aged care provider Feros Care.

As part of National Missing Persons Week, Feros Care is taking the opportunity to highlight the connection between dementia and missing persons and ways intelligent technologies can help people with dementia live at home, safely, for longer.

Feros Care’s range of LifeLink Telecare Smart Home assistive technologies offers support for people with dementia and their carers.

CEO Jennene Buckley said one of the groups most at risk of going missing were those with dementia.

“Dementia has a debilitating effect on memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and normal emotional reactions,” she said.

“National Missing Persons Week is this year highlighting the link between dementia and missing persons.”

The rate of moderate to severe dementia among Australians is one in 15 people over the age of 65. Symptoms that may cause someone to go missing include forgetting well-known people or places, an inability to process questions or instructions, and emotional unpredictability.

Ms Buckley said that no existing cure for dementia meant society must look towards technology to allow people with dementia to live independently in their homes.

Smart and wearable technologies are revolutionising care for those with dementia, allowing people with the condition to remain living independently, and with dignity.

Telehealthcare technologies helping people with dementia include:

  • GPS watches and other wearable technologies that increase independence and can locate a person if they wander or are lost.
  • Property exit sensors that are pre-programmed to alert a response centre or carer in pre-determined situations e.g. if a client leaves the house after dark, or doesn’t return home by a certain time, or if the front door is left open.
  • Inactivity sensors that alert a carer if the person living alone has long periods of inactivity in a home.
  • “Just checking” activity mapping sensors that are installed to allow web/smart home monitoring of a person’s movements each day over a given period to determine nutrition, personal care, sleeping and wandering habits.

Feros Care is leading the way in using innovative technologies to improve independence and quality of life and providing support and reassurance for carers.

Ms Buckley said assistive technology helps reduce the risk of users being admitted to hospital or going into long term care.

“The technology available includes guiding a person through their home; prompting them to take small actions to keep them safe and alarms alert their carers or a response centre if they are in danger.

Feros Care’s growing range of LifeLink Telecare Smart Home technologies provides assistive products that support seniors and their carers by addressing specific needs, promoting independence, encouraging social interaction, memory support and health management.

Feros telehealthcare solutions include a range of care and environmental sensors that can assist in managing risks associated with the health and home environment of a senior with dementia – with sensors automatically alerting a response centre, family or a carer if an alarm is activated.

The range of telehealthcare products also includes:

  • Smoke detectors:  detect fire and if food is burning in the kitchen.
  • Gas detectors: detect if gas is left on.
  • Flood sensors: detect if water is left running.
  • Automatic night lighting with bed sensor: detects the person getting out of bed and automatically turning a light on.
  • Sensor mats, pagers and pillow shakers: alert the carer to senior’s wandering through a sensor mat via a pager and/or a pillow shaker which alerts the carer of any night-time wandering.
  • Lively homecare solution: sensors used by families or care providers to moniton in a home.
  • Tablets, apps,  interfaces:  touchscreen technology for brain games, video calls,  photos and reminiscence therapy to promote memory recall.

For more information about Feros Care’s range of LifeLink Telecare Smart Home assistive products please phone 1300 763 583.

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