Dementia makes aspects of day-to-day life more difficult for the person living with the condition, and in some cases it may also put them at risk. Around the home, things like repeatedly mislaying keys can be frustrating, while others like leaving the gas unlit can be dangerous. With our Telecare we can offer devices and technologies that can make getting on with life easier for people with dementia and their carers.
Technology can give people with dementia help and support to remain independent, safe and socially involved. Carers & Family may find it offers them support and reassurance as well, in turn reducing stress.
Benefits of Direct Care for Dementia
While assistive technology / Telecare may not be suitable for everyone with dementia, for some people it can bring benefits that help them to live well with the condition.
Assistive Technologies can:
- promote independence and autonomy
- improve confidence and quality of life for a person with dementia
- help manage potential risks in and around the home
- support a person with dementia to live at home for longer
- help with memory and recall
- support a person with dementia to maintain some abilities
Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular dementia. Alzheimer’s disease, a physical disease caused by changes in the structure of the brain and a shortage of important chemicals that help with the transmission of messages. Vascular dementia, caused by problems in the supply of blood to the brain, commonly due to a stroke or series of strokes.
Currently approximately 850,000 people live with dementia in the UK with this number set to increase to over 2 million by 2051. Many of those affected are over the age of 65 years with numbers increasing steadily after the age of 79.
Care Direct 24/7 aims to design and tailor specific Telecare packages to suit individual user’s needs, as living with dementia can be difficult and dangerous due to impaired memory and speech. We aim to help your loved one to live safely and securely in their home and to maintain as an independent life for as long as possible. Our Direct Care for dementia solutions brings peace of mind to family and carers that their loved ones can remain at home for as long as possible.
Bed Occupancy Sensor
The bed occupancy sensor is a solution to protect the user who may get up from their bed during the day or night and fail to return to their bed after a specified period of time has elapsed. By setting a specific time delay this allows the user to get up from the bed and attend to personal needs or make themselves a cup of tea. The bed occupancy sensor can be set up to have no time delay therefore alerting once the bed has been vacated. The bed occupancy sensor can also detect if the user has failed to go to bed at night or have not got up in the morning thus alerting carers to a potential problem at an early stage.
Chair Occupancy Sensor
The chair occupancy sensor provides real time alerts when the user gets up from their chair, enabling early intervention in cases where the user is at risk of falls or if they have fallen. The chair occupancy sensor can be programmed according to the users need and can be set to detect inactivity in the chair. The chair occupancy sensor can be positioned on the seat of the chair or can be placed under a cushion. The chair occupancy sensor is ideal for wheelchair users to provide an early intervention tool in detecting falls.
Property Exit Sensor
The property exit sensor provides real time alerts when the user has walked out of their door and have not returned, the alarm is activated ensuring help and assistance is with the user without delay. The property exit sensor can also provide an alert when the user has left an external door open. By adding in a PIR sensor the property exit sensor can have a time delay which allows the user to go out through their door and they have to return back in within the set allocated time, if the user does not come back in an alarm call is activated.
Monitored Smoke Detector
The wireless monitored smoke detector raises an automatic emergency alarm call directly to our 24 hour monitoring centre, our Telecare operators can task the emergency services. Once the monitored smoke detector detects smoke in the client’s home, it will also give an audible alarm like a typical smoke detector within the home.
Ideal for clients with dementia who may not be aware of the danger of the smoke or be aware what to do when the alarm sounds in their home.
Monitored Carbon Monoxide Detector
The wireless monitored carbon monoxide detector provides an immediate alert to our monitoring centre when dangerous carbon monoxide emissions have been detected, an audible alarm also sound within the home. The monitored carbon monoxide detector will automatically activate a call to our monitoring centre so if the user has become unconscious due to the leak or if the leak occurs when the user is asleep help and assistance will be got without delay.
Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless poisonous gas, making it difficult to detect and is a common yet preventable cause of death. Every year in the UK more than 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, which leads to around 50 deaths.
Monitored Heat Detector
The wireless monitored heat detector provides additional protection against the risk of fires in rooms where smoke detectors may be unsuitable such as the kitchen. The monitored heat detector will activate a call to our 24 hour monitoring centre when it picks up raises in temperature between 54°C and 62°C.
The flood detector is an unobtrusive wireless sensor that provides an early warning of potential flooding. The sensor is placed under the sink or in the bathroom next to the toilet or under baths, if the detector senses water it will firstly set of an audible alarm within the home and an alarm call will be raised in the monitoring centre.
Medication dispensers can be used to automatically provide access to medication over a 28 day period, providing audible and visual aids alerts within the home, alerting the user each time medication should be taken. The alarm can be set to the desired time of when the medication has to be taken, when it is time for the user to take their medication the unit will alarm and release the medication. If the user fails to take the medication out of the dispenser the alarm will continue to keep reminding the user.
The medication dispenser can also be implemented into the care package as a monitored medication dispenser, in this case if the user has not taken their medication an alarm call is activated into our monitoring centre where the Telecare operators can make contact with the user to prompt and encourage them to take their medication or contact a carer/family member.
iVi Fall Detector
The iVi Fall Detector is a small lightweight device and like our other pendants, the iVi fall detector allows the user to press a help button to generate an alarm call when help is needed from anywhere in their home, 24 hours a day. The iVi fall detector also provides an added layer of protection by automatically generating a call for help & assistance if a fall is detected and the user is unable to push the help button. The iVi fall detector has various wearing options, neckcord, brooch clip and belt clip.
The iVi fall detector is ideal for:
- Older users and those with disabilities who are becoming progressively less stable
- Individuals who have been discharged from hospital and require additional support
- People working alone / People with medical conditions such as epilepsy or diabetes
Product Features –
- Lightweight, discreet, unisex design
- Cancellation button enabling the user to cancel activations if required
- Water resistant, enabling the iVi fall detector to be worn in the bathroom
- Automatic low battery warning
- Long-life, replaceable battery
The Care Clip is a monitoring device designed with you and your family in mind.
The Care Clip is a wearable emergency alarm that can be beneficial to a wide range of people in a wide range of situations, such as the elderly who may be at risk of wandering, people working alone – lone workers, those with a disability or those working in hazardous working environments. The Care Clip is simple to use therefore it can be carried and used by anyone who is concerned about their personal safety.
It can provide you with the peace of mind that help is always nearby, with or without the need of pressing a button.
This modern, wearable unit can be clipped onto clothing anywhere or worn as a lanyard around your neck. It is flexible enough to suit your own individual needs.
The alert button is easy to reach with ease of access for situations when you find yourself in need of a helping hand.
The direct 2-way voice communication to our monitoring centre is just a touch of a button away.
Designed for maximum functionality and discretion
· Panic Button
Allows the user contact the monitoring centre 24/7
· Location Services
GPS & LBS, Home location hard coding, Voice, Breadcrumbs
· Safe Zone
Ensure users are out of harm’s way
· Two Way Comms
Reassure user that help is on the way in an emergency
· Medication reminder
Proactively prompt users, Removes dependence on end user for success
· Fall Detection
Ensures Rapid Intervention, Reduce risk of future falls, Criticality levels
· Activity Analysis
Feed into care plan, Support primary care providers
· Real time tracking
Relays real time location tracking information to dashboard users through our app.