Simple gadgets and personal alarms to help dementia patients

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Recent dementia statistics predict that globally the number of people living with dementia will increase from 50 million in 2018 to 250m by 2050. At present, there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the United Kingdom alone. Contrary to what some people believe, dementia is not a normal side effect of ageing and is not the same as Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is however one of the most common causes of dementia in the older population.

Dementia can make it difficult for sufferers to maintain a normal lifestyle. Although Dementia is still a very real struggle for people living with it, advancing technology and growing awareness surrounding it means that people are getting a better quality of life.

Dementia can be scary and overwhelming not only for the person but also for their loved ones. There are ways that you can make everyday life a little bit easier though and avoid panic. For example, they could use a wrist personal alarm, an alarm pendant or other gadgets that can help a person make better sense of their surroundings. We have put together a few suggestions on how different technologies can offer a lifeline those living with Dementia.

Can a clock really help a person living with dementia?

Now, this may seem like a simple suggestion however it can be one of the most helpful. A common symptom of Dementia is losing the ability to keep track of time and feeling anxious as a result. By placing a clear, large digital clock in an easily viewable location, they are able to better keep track of time so that they are able to maintain their daily routine and thus help to alleviate any anxiety or panic.

There are also specially designed clocks for those suffering from Dementia. They include large, clear text and display other information such as the day, the date, the weather and whether it is day or night. This can help them to quickly decipher the time of day and thus keep on track with their normal routine.

Have you tried a medication management system?

As a result of accelerated memory loss, people with dementia often have trouble remembering to take their medication. They may even take medication more than once if they forget that they have already done so. Both of these things can cause a serious threat to health in certain circumstances. In order to avoid this, you can now purchase hi-tech automated pill dispensers.

Automated pill dispensers are devices that are programmed to automatically open at a certain time, making an audible noise as they do so, to remind people to take their pills. Other varieties of pill dispensers use an alarm system and vibrate to inform the patient that it is time to take their medication.

If you do not have access to one of these systems, you can also make a simple pillbox at home marked with the day and time in order to help keep your loved ones on track.

How can a GPS personal alarm help with dementia?

Memory loss is the most common symptom of dementia. This can cause sufferers to get lost, forgetting where they live or where they were going. An elderly personal alarm can help with this, especially if it is a pendant personal alarm device that lets you talk directly to a person. This is a really helpful way of putting someone's mind at ease, especially if they need to be home alone sometimes.

Of course, when a person has dementia, you might panic about them going missing. The best personal alarm for this is one that has a GPS tracker for elderly, or indeed anyone who has a habit of wandering off.

Wearable GPS tracking devices such as a sure safe alarm with a mobile GPS tracker mean that your loved one can be easily located should they ever go missing or find themselves in an emergency situation. They offer a lifeline.

There are a lot of features on this type of pendant alarm, it can still be used as a personal home alarm, but it can also use a mobile phone signal to send a text with its location. The fact that the wearer can use it to talk to a family member or a trained Response Center Operator means that you will be able to help and reassure a loved one wherever they are.

What is a wearable monitoring devise?

An example of a wearable monitoring device is a fall alarm that has a fall detector. This type of personal alarm will sense the change in air pressure and speed of movement and the alarm will be activated. This means that you do not need to press the SOS pendant.

If you buy a SureSafe device with a combined personal alarm and GPS tracker, it will feature a fall detector. This means that if the wearer falls when out and about they will be able to call for help. It will also work inside the home and does not use a landline.

Our personal alarms can also be worn around the home and many do not even need a landline. This gives the wearer peace of mind, especially when they're in parts of the house where the risk of a fall increases, like a bathroom or the garden.

You can opt for a pendant or wrist worn fall detector and choose to have a Family Monitored device or a 24/7 Monitored. Whatever you choose, you can be sure that help will never be far away.

When choosing a fall alarm for elderly relatives with dementia, selecting one with an automatic fall detector will give you the reassurance that somebody will be alerted right away if something should happen.

Help protect your loved ones with a personal alarm from SureSafe. Explore our range of personal alarms for dementia patients, ideal for protecting those living with dementia. For further information and support, contact a member of the SureSafe team today!

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